Rhidian Brook to delight at Richmond Literature Festival

Croydon Guardian: Rhidian Brook: An experimental evening Rhidian Brook: An experimental evening

Writer Rhidian Brook admits his date at the Richmond Literature Festival will be an experimental evening for those in attendance.

His latest novel, The Aftermath, explores what happens when a British family share a house with a German family in post-war Hamburg.

Based on his grandfather’s own experiences after the Second World War, the book released earlier this year has already been translated into more than 20 languages.

Later this month, the story will take on new meaning as it is performed to the backdrop of music, with Renate Kemp on piano and rising opera singer Rhonda Browne.

Speaking about the event, Brook conceded it was likely to be a one-off performance.

He said: “Music plays an important role to the characters in the story so I felt it would add something to the reading and the performance.

“I have done a couple of readings in the past and some question and answer sessions and we will still be doing that.

“Reading to music is new territory for me but when I was approached to go to Barnes, I thought it would be worth seeing how it goes.

“It is probably just going to be a one-off thing but you never know, if people love it then maybe we will look at doing something similar further down the line.”

Brook has won numerous awards for his writing and is also an accomplished script writer.

His first novel, The Testimony of Taliesin Jones, won several prizes including the Somerset Maugham Award.

His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The Aftermath is currently being developed as a feature film by Ridley Scott’s production company Scott Free and BBC Films.

Rhidian Scott; Richmond Literature Festival; Thursday, November 21; St Mary’s Barnes, Church Road, Barnes; tickets £10 adults, £8.50 concessions; visit richmondliterature.com for more information.

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