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Coming of Age Cult Classics with Joe Dunthorne and Lisa Owens

Wed 11 March @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


From Stephen Chbosky’s Perks of Being a Wallflower to Sue Townsend’s Adrian Mole, the coming-of-age tale is a treasure trove of classics, producing stories that capture the collective imagination and which we return to again and again across print, audio, stage and screen.

To discuss the horror and brilliance, the humour and the heartache, and how to create comedy from the angst of adolescence, London Book & Screen Week brings together Joe Dunthorne, whose hugely successful debut Submarine was adapted for screen by Richard Ayoade and Lisa Owens, scriptwriter behind the much-anticipated Days of the Bagnold Summer, adapted from the graphic novel by Joff Winterhart (Director, Simon Bird).

Joe and Lisa will explore the rich territory of coming of age stories, their experience of adaptation and their recent novels The Adulterants and Not Working, which explore the challenges of your 20s and 30s.

The event will be hosted by poet, podcaster and booktuber, Leena Normington. Ticket includes a complimentary drink.

Joe Dunthorne was born and grew up in Swansea. His debut novel, Submarine, was translated into twenty languages and adapted for film by Richard Ayoade. His second, Wild Abandon, won the Encore Award. His latest is The Adulterants. A collection of his poems, O Positive, was published by Faber & Faber in 2019.

Lisa Owens is a novelist and screenwriter. Her debut novel, Not Working was a Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, and has been translated into nine languages. Her film adaptation of Days of the Bagnold Summer (based on Joff Winterhart’s graphic novel) earned her a Debut Screenwriter BIFA nomination in 2019.

Leena Normington is a poet, podcaster and booktuber.

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Wed 11 March
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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London Book & Screen Week
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