Posted on 09/03/2012
Literary fans can get an early taste of the eagerly awaited sequel to the classic Treasure Island, at a Lunchtime Reading event at Royal Holloway, University of London next week.
Sir Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate and Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, will be reading passages from his new novel Silver ~ Return to Treasure Island on Thursday 15 March, the day the novel is published.
Silver ~ Return to Treasure Island takes Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale to July 1802. Jim Hawkins, who narrates the original, is grown up and has a son of his own, young Jim. They live together in the Hispaniola Inn on the eastern reaches of the Thames, where young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to his stories in the taproom. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father - Long John Silver – and young Jim finds himself following in his father’s footsteps heading for Treasure Island.
Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event in the College’s Founder’s Lecture Theatre.
The event is part of a series of Lunchtime Reading events hosted by the English Department and forms part of Runnymede International Literary Festival.
Dr Douglas Cowie, Creative Writing lecturer and organiser of the Lunchtime Reading series, said: “We are very excited that Andrew is giving this reading on the day that the novel is published. We have been eagerly awaiting the publication of the novel and it is wonderful to be able to share this with the local community through the Lunchtime Reading series.”
The reading will be held at 1pm on Thursday March 15 in the College’s Founder’s Lecture Theatre at the Egham campus.
For more information visit the Lunchtime Reading Series or Runnymede International Literary Festival websites.