Elaine Proctor to talk at Central Kensington Library

Award-winning film maker and writer, Elaine Proctor, will be talking about her new novel, The Savage Hour, at Central Kensington Library on Tuesday 28th July.

The Savage Hour, which was recently described by The Literary Review as “outstanding”, has been short-listed for South Africa’s 2015 Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Set in rural South Africa, Elaine’s second novel begins when the matriarchal doctor of a small village is found dead in the shallow river. It wasn’t an accident. The young village detective is determined to discover the truth.

The novel deals with homophobia, xenophobia and what is means to be South African. Elaine initially wrote the character of the doctor as a reaction to her mother’s Alzheimer’s as a way of exploring her own emotions and fears.

Elaine grew up in South Africa and started making documentaries for the anti-apartheid movement in the 1970s when she was just 16. She came to London and trained at National Film and Television School under Mike Leigh and has since released a series of feature films and documentaries, her film Friends made the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival and was the recipient of the Mention Speciale, Prix De La Camera D’or.  She is on the board for BAFTA.

Tickets for this event are free and can be booked here

You can see Elaine’s TED Talk about why we tell stories here

The Savage Hour by Elaine Proctor is published by Quercus (£8.99)

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