5th - 27th May
Damian Barr takes 'Maggie and Me' down under - again....

Damian Barr tours his award-winning memoir Maggie and Me and his hugely popular Literary Salons in Australia and New Zealand for the second year running!

Damian Barr is currently in New Zealand and Australia on a book tour for his award- winning novel Maggie and Me. They loved him and his book so much they asked him back again! He is taking his Literary Salon to New Zealand for the first time, to such excitement, the event has already sold out.

Damian starts his whirlwind tour at The Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival where he will be holding his memoir workshop and ‘In conversation with….’ Sessions.

He then travels to The Auckland Writers Festival where he takes part in various sessions and hosts his sold out Literary Salon. Entertaining guests with a fantastic line up of authors including Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven and staff writer for online literary magazine The Millions; Ben Okri, novelist, essayist poet and author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Famished Road, and Zia Haider Rahman, author of the novel In the Light of What We Know.

He finishes the tour at the Sydney Writers Festival hosting a late night Literary Salon with guests including author Anthony Horowitz and a session with actor and author Alan Cumming on ‘Growing Up and other Disasters’. Discussing how Damian and Alan have used humour to overcome darkness.

To find out further information on any of Damian’s events please see the websites below.


Literary Salons confirmed at The Mondrian 2015

Damian has confirmed to host 4 Literary Salons at the elegant Mondrian across 2015. Drawing in a creative crowd in line with the hotel’s setting on the eclectic and artsy South Bank, Damian Barr will host four Literary Salons at Mondrian London this year – taking place in the hotel’s intimate rooftop lounge, Rumpus Room. The confirmed dates are 20th April, 8 June; 7 September and 9 November, 2015. Guest authors include Tracey Thorn, Catlin Moran, Jojo Moyes and Owen Sheers. See the Salon Facebook page or contact Kirsty at Stella Media for further details.
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AUGUST 11, 2014
Damian Barr hosts his Literary Salon at Spotlight Festival, Saturday 16th August 2014

Damian Barr will host a special version of his Literary Salon at the Spotlight Festival this Saturday 16th August.
Samantha Shannon will chat to Damian about the success of her first novel, The Bone Season, set in a shady underworld at Seven Dials in the year 2059. Jonathan Grimwood will also showcase his latest novel The Last Banquet, based in revolutionary France and brimming with decadent and sensual detail.
Spotlight is Seven Dial’s arts and culture festival in the heart of London’s West End. Lots of activities will take place throughout the weekend in the local stores and throughout the traffic-free streets including a showcase of contemporary dance by Pineapple Dance Studios, a performance of “Our World at War” by the Tristan Bates Theatre, live music and artist showcases.
Join Damian at the Seven Dials Club, 42 Earlham Street at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £5 and all profits go to The Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust.
Tickets are available here or on the door.

Damian Barr presents Front Row, 7th and 8th August on BBC Radio 4, 7.15pm

Damian Barr has interviewed actor Ben Wishaw for BBC Radio 4′s Front Row. Ben is the new voice of Paddington Bear in the upcoming feature film and chatted to Damian about his latest role in new film Lilting, where he plays a grieving man who tries to befriend his late boyfriend’s mother.

Damian presented the episode which also featured a review of new BBC One comedy series ‘Boomers’, a feature on novelist Margaret Kennedy and an insight into the role of chemists working in art galleries to preserve, restore and discover paintings.
Listen again here.
He will next present Front Row on 15th August, BBC Radio 4 at 7.15pm.

JUNE 10, 2014
Damian Barr meets Dolly Parton for BBC Radio 4's Front Row, Wednesday 11th June, 7.15pm

Damian Barr was thrilled to meet music icon and legend Dolly Parton. The author interviewed the star for BBC Radio 4′s Front Row, talking to her about her career, latest tour and Imagination Library.

Having created his own Literary Salon; Damian was particularly passionate to hear more about the Imagination Library, set up by Dolly to encourage children to read and enjoy books. The initiative sends specially selected books directly to the children’s homes, regardless of family income, to ensure they have access to them, hoping to instil a love for reading from an early age.
Damian will present the show on BBC Radio 4, Front Row, Wednesday 11th June at 7.15pm.

MARCH 24, 2014
Damian Barr's 'Maggie and Me' is The Sunday Times' paperback of the week.

Damian Barr’s autobiographical tale ‘Maggie and Me’ has been named as the “paperback pick of the week” by The Sunday Times.
Maggie and Me tells the story of Damian’s upbringing in 1980′s Glasgow during Margaret Thatcher’s time in office. He tells his memoir in relation to the speeches and events in Thatcher’s premiership and refers to the influence of the PM on his education and choices he made.
Last week Damian won the Political Humour and Satire Award at the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year awards. He also won the Stonewall Writer of the Year award for the memoir. Maggie and Me was named Book of the Year by several publications including The Sunday Times, New Statesman, Evening Standard, The Independent and The Observer, and was BBC Radio 4′s ‘Book of the Week’ when it was published last year.
Damian Barr is an author, journalist and broadcaster. He is the founder and host of the Literary Salon and created www.readingweekend.co.uk.
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