Neil Jordan at Bristol Festival of Ideas

Neil Jordan, director of The Company of Wolves, will be speaking at Waterstones on Tuesday the 14th of March at 7pm, as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas. Jordan, who is an award-winning author, screenwriter and director, will be discussing his new novel, Carnivalesque, “a dark, modern fairy-tale reminiscent of the work of his former mentor Angela Carter“. Published by Bloomsbury, here is the description of Carnivalesque from their website:

It looked like any other carnival, but of course it wasn’t…

It had its own little backstreets, its alleyways of hanging bulbs and ghost trains and Punch and Judy stands …

And at the end of one he saw the Hall of Mirrors. There were looping strings of carnival lights leading towards it, and a large sign in mirrored glass reading ‘Burleigh’s Amazing Hall of Mirrors’ and the sign reflected the lights in all sorts of magically distorted ways.

To Andy and his parents, it looks like any other carnival: creaking ghost train, rusty rollercoaster and circus performers. But of course it isn’t.

Drawn to the hall of mirrors, Andy enters and is hypnotised by the many selves staring back at him. Sometime later, one of those selves walks out rejoins his parents – leaving Andy trapped inside the glass, snatched from the tensions of his suburban home and transported to a world where the laws of gravity are meaningless and time performs acrobatic tricks.

And now an identical stranger inhabits Andy’s life, unsettling his mother with a curious blankness, as mysterious events start unfolding in their Irish coastal town…

To find out more about this exciting event and to book tickets, head over to the Bristol Festival of Ideas website here. To purchase a copy of Neil Jordan’s Carnivalesque, proceed to the Bloomsbury website by clicking here.

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