An evening with Faber: Eliza Clark and Dizz Tate

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Where: The Common Room, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1SE

Date: 15 March 2023

Cost: £20 (plus booking fee)

Type: Talk

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Ticket includes a glass of wine/soft drink and goodie-bag containing a copy of Brutes by Dizz Tate.

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Faber to host a literary evening with two of their most exciting new novelists. Join us in Newcastle city centre’s Common Room to listen to Eliza Clark and Dizz Tate in conversation, as well as a drinks reception and book-signing. Guests will also receive an exclusive New Writing North X Faber book-bag containing the new hardback of Brutes by Dizz Tate, a voucher to pre-order Penance by Eliza Clark, and more…

Penance is an utterly chilling, compulsive story of a murder among teenagers, on the eve of the historic Brexit vote, by a major new voice in British fiction. Built on hours of interviews with witnesses and family members, painstaking historical research, and most notably, correspondence with the killers themselves, the result is a riveting snapshot of lives rocked by tragedy, and a town left in turmoil. The only question is: how much of it is true?

‘Eliza Clark is a genius with voice and a master of flipped expectations. Penance astonished me… you’ve never read anything like this.’ – Julia Armfield

Through a darkly beautiful and brutally compelling lens, Dizz Tate captures the violence, horrors, and manic joys of girlhood. Brutes is a novel about the seemingly unbreakable bonds in the ‘we’ of young friendship, and the moment it is broken forever. The Virgin Suicides meets The Florida Project in this wildly original debut – a coming-of-age story about the crucible of girlhood, from a writer of rare and startling talent.

‘Polyphonically technicolour and lushly textured, Brutes is a defiant elegy to the myth of girlhood innocence. Dizz Tate’s talent is brazen – and brilliant.’ – Sophie Mackintosh

Eliza Clark has relocated from her native Newcastle back to London, where she previously attended Chelsea College of Art. She works in social media marketing, having worked for women’s creative writing magazine, Mslexia. In 2018, she received a grant from New Writing North’s Young Writers’ Talent Fund. Her debut novel Boy Parts was released by Influx Press in July 2020. It was named Blackwell’s Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

Dizz Tate was born in 1993 in London and grew up in Orlando, Florida. Her short stories have appeared in Granta, The Stinging Fly, Dazed, Five Dials and No Tokens Journal, amongst others. She won the Bristol Short Story Prize in 2018. For her story ‘Harpies’, she won Best Original Fiction in the Stack magazine awards in 2019, and in 2020, she was longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award.

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