Hitting Trees with Sticks
Title: Jane Rogers’ Hitting Trees with Sticks Launch
Description: Jane Rogers’ Hitting Trees with Sticks with Annie Clarkson.
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Comma Press invites you to…
The Manchester Launch
‘Thrilling, ambitious stories that cross continents and soar from cells to stars.’ – Maggie Gee
‘Warm, wise, insightful, sharply observed and beautifully written – each story is a world in microcosm.’ – Marina Lewycka
‘There is nothing predictable about a Jane Rogers story. She has the confidence and skill to inhabit many different voices and different worlds. She slides the reader, in imagination, to a snow-bound France, to Africa, to the Caribbean: she takes us into offices and libraries, under the sea and into the forest, and also into the vast untrodden country of memory that we carry around inside. Her observation of our species is tender, precise, illuminating.’ – Hilary Mantel
Join us for the launch of award-winning author Jane Rogers’ debut short story collection Hitting Trees with Sticks
, published by Comma, autumn 2012.
About the book
The characters in Jane Rogers’ first short story collection are each blessed with an unwavering conviction. Buoyed up on self-belief, they enthuse, take calculated risks, and refuse to be deterred by the odds stacked against them. But just as Rogers’ compassion as a writer endears us to their cause, her keen eye shows how fine the balance can be between conviction and self-delusion. At times, her subject seems to be the fallibility of any point of view, the persistence of blind spots no matter how careful or intelligent the viewer. Hers are not unreliable narrators, merely human ones – diverse, contradictory, imperfect. Indeed it is often their flaws that beguile us. More info here.
has published seven novels, written original television and radio drama, and adapted work (her own and others’) for radio and TV. Her novels include Mr Wroe’s Virgins
, The Voyage Home
and The Testament of Jessie Lamb
(recently long-listed for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, short-listed for the Portico Prize 2012, and awarded the 2012 Arthur C. Clarke Award.) She has also been short-listed for the 2009 BBC National Short Story Award, came runner-up in the Guardian Fiction Prize, and has won the Somerset Maugham Award, the Writers’ Guild Best Fiction Book, and an Arts Council Award. she has also recieved a BAFTA nomination for best drama serial. Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Professor of Writing on the MA course at Sheffield Hallam University. For more information, visit janerogers.org.
Supported by Arts Council England