Midas PR 2017 Events: April

Tuesday 4 April 

Midas Book Club
April’s book choice is Grief is a Thing with Feathers by Max Porter (Faber and Faber)

Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 April
, UK

Book Tour: Amanda Owen – A Year in the life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess
A modern day James Herriot, Amanda Owen runs a two thousand acre  hill farm in Swaledale in North Yorkshire, fifty miles from the nearest large town. She is a full time shepherdess tending a thousand sheep and has nine children with farmer husband Clive. Not to mention chickens, pigs, cows, horses and an uncontrollable goat and a vole who has taken up residence in the living room. And she couldn’t be happier. Her life is dominated by the seasons, feeding, clipping, dipping, herding, rescuing and lambing her flock in one of the most remotely beautiful yet tough spots in the country. Amanda is the author of two top-ten bestsellers The Yorkshire Shepherdess and A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess both published by Macmillan.

Wednesday 5 April
, 6.30pm, Waterstones Edinburgh West End

Book Launch: An Evening with Mike Heron and Andrew Greig
Mike Heron and Andrew Greig will be discussing the story of The Incredible String Band, as featured in their new book You Know What You Could Be: Tuning into the 1960s. We’re delighted that Bruce Findlay will be asking the questions.

Thursday 6 April

Contemporary Balkan Art Private View
Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA) presents their latest exhibition Interruption, at LIBRARY, St Martin’s Lane, London. Interruption features over 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs, prints and graphics, never exhibited in London, from 17 artists who will bring Balkan’s rich artistic philosophy to Great Britain.

Tuesday 11 April
7pm Waterstones Piccadilly

Love and Romance Across Cultures: Panel discussion with Colette Dartford
Join authors Frances Mensah Williams, Colette Dartford, Ola Awonubi and Ayisha Malik for a stellar evening of readings and lively conversation on how we talk about, write about and experience love and romance in different cultures.

Tickets: £3 (click here)

Tuesday 18 April
6.30pm, Curzon Bloomsbury

‘Heal the Living’ Preview Screening + Panel Discussion
A preview screening of Katell Quillévéré’s remarkable ensemble drama adapted from the internationally acclaimed novel Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal, currently shortlisted for this year’s Wellcome Book Prize. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the intersection between science, books and film.

Tickets: £17.50 (includes a shortlisted title) (click here)

Wednesday 19 – Saturday 29 April
, Sharjah, UAE

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Some of the world’s best-loved children’s authors, chefs and entertainers will be taking part and over 120 international and local publishers who will offer their books for sale.

Saturday 22 April
3 – 4.30pm, Wellcome Collection

Family and Fragility: Wellcome Book Prize Shortlisted Authors in Conversation
An opportunity to hear from three of these year’s shortlisted authors – Sarah Moss, Siddhartha Mukherjee and Maylis de Kerangal – as they discuss the topics at the heart of their critically acclaimed books, from inheritance and genetics to family history, family secrets, and family life in turmoil. Claire Armitstead, Books Editor at the Guardian, will be asking the questions.

Tickets: Free, but booking is essential (click here)

Sunday 23 April
11am, The Tabernacle London

5 x 15 Wellcome Book Prize Special
Following last year’s sell-out event, the Wellcome Book Prize will be returning to The Tabernacle for a 5 x 15 special on the eve of the winner announcement. Siddhartha Mukherjee, Sarah Moss and Maylis de Kerangal will be taking to the stage to introduce their shortlisted books, joined by Jeevan Kalanithi, brother of Paul Kalanithi, whose posthumous memoir When Breath Becomes Air is in contention for this year’s prize.

Tickets: £12.50 including tea/coffee and pastries (here)

Monday 24 April
, London

Wellcome Book Prize Winner Ceremony
The shortlist comprises four non-fiction and two fiction titles, including the first posthumously published title and the first translated title to be shortlisted for the prize. The six exceptional books engage with the topics of health and medicine and the many ways they touch our lives.

Follow @wellcomebookprize for updates

Saturday 29 April
7pm, University of Dundee

SELS 2017: Wellcome Book Prize 2017 – The Story with Val McDermid
At some point, medicine touches all our lives. Books that find stories in those brushes with illness are ones that add new meaning to what it means to be human. The Wellcome Book Prize celebrates the very best of these books – fiction and non-fiction. Previous winners include It’s All in Your Head by Suzanne O’Sullivan, The Iceberg by Marion Coutts and Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. Following the announcement of the Wellcome Book Prize 2017 winner, which will take place on Monday 24 April, we are delighted to be joined by Chair of the 2017 Judging Panel – Scottish crime writer Val McDermid – as we celebrate this year’s extraordinary list of titles and hear more from Val about the winning book. A book signing follows this event.

Tickets: Free, but booking is essential (click here)


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