The Old Library, West Dean College of Arts and ConservationFree
Writer-in-residence Allie Rogers will talk about how she approached research for her novel, Little Gold, a work of 'historical fiction' set in the 1980s. She will consider how writers can combine memory, oral history and more formal sources, and the challenges involved in setting 'historical fiction' within living memory.
Allie Rogers is the Brighton-based author of novels, Little Gold (2017) and Tale of a Tooth (2018), published by Legend Press. Allie's short fiction has been published in several magazines and anthologies including Bare Fiction, Queer in Brighton and The Salt Anthology of New Writing. She has performed at local live literature events including the Charleston Small Wonder Flash Fiction Slam, which she won in 2014.
Allie's first novel, Little Gold, was longlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award in 2018 and shortlisted for the Polari Prize in the same year. A coming-of-age story set in Brighton in the early 1980s, novelist Umi Sinha said;
"Reminiscent of Scout Finch, Little Gold is a great addition to literature's endearing child characters. Vulnerable but fiercely individual, she navigates danger on many fronts - her broken family, her bullying schoolmates, and the dangers of predatory adults - until she finds an unexpected ally in an elderly neighbour. Vivid, touching, sad and frightening, this book exposes the dark underbelly of 1980s Brighton and left me haunted long after I put it down."
Tale of a Tooth was published in April 2018. Told in the voice of four year old Danny White, Tale of a Tooth is an immersive, compelling exploration of the impact of domestic abuse on a fragile family unit.
One of the few novels to explore such abuse in the context of a same-sex relationship, author Jess Richards has said;
"Explores a narrative which is too often kept private, but nevertheless, desperately needs to be told."
Reviewer Luke Marlowe, at TheBookbag.com said;
"A book about issues that isn't issue-led, and a book about childhood that isn't mawkish and emotional - Allie Rogers has, in Tale of a Tooth, created a tale that's original, powerful and long lasting."