Shoreham Wordfest: Excavating Family Secrets: Gareth Brookes & S.V. Berlin
Two exciting new writers explore the influences and inspirations of their very different books.
Gareth Brookes: ‘A Thousand Coloured Castles’ realises the suburban dreams and nightmares of a retired couple in an extraordinary graphic novel about marital deafness, physical degeneration and strange goings on next door. Crayoned delusion meets banal reality with wit and empathy.
S.V. Berlin: ‘The Favourite’ is a novel set in a small coastal town, rich with insightful and wickedly comic observations of family members behaving badly in stressful situations – sibling rivalries, a parent torn between the two, and a grieving process that takes time to unfold.