Conversations at the Chapel – Francis Spufford

Upstairs at the Chapel

Wednesday 18th September 2024, 7.30pm

In conversation with Alastair Laurence.

Francis Spufford is the best-selling author of Golden Hill, called by Richard Osman ‘The best book of the twenty-first century’. This debut novel went on to win many prestigious literary prizes. No wonder. It is a very good read. It was followed by Light Perpetual which was long listed for the 2021 Booker Prize.

His latest work of fiction is Cahokia Jazz, a thrilling tale of murder and mystery in a city where history has run a little differently. Again, critics have raved, calling it ‘thrilling’, a ‘delight’ and ‘a classic of alternative history’. Nick Hornby calls him ‘One of the most original minds in contemporary literature’.    

Francis Spufford has also written five other highly praised works of fiction, described by reviewers as both ‘brilliant’ and ‘bizarre.’ 

In 2007 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and lives near Cambridge.


Alastair Laurence, who is curating this series, is a freelance documentary film maker who lives near Abergavenny. In recent years Alastair has made films about The Battle of the Somme, a history of British Photography and the poets John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and TS Eliot.


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