Here’s a cheerful summer event for you: The Idea of Death, a discussion about British crime and the written word. Taking place this Friday at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation (IABF), the evening will feature a talk by two acclaimed writers, Austin Collings and Mark Blacklock. They will be outlining how their fiction has been informed by the macabre real life crimes that dominate the headlines. Blacklock is the author of the novel I’m Jack, which centres on John Humble, a man whose hoax phone calls and letters misled the police during the Yorkshire Ripper case. Collings’ recent book The Myth of Brilliant Summers is a series of interlinked stories or parables about society’s outsiders. The talk will include audio and visual enhancements, including paintings by Harland Miller. The Idea of Death is presented in partnership with Pariah Press and Granta Books.

Fri 26 Jun, IABF, 3 Cambridge Street, M1 5BY, 7pm, £5,

Fri 26 Jun
A. James Simpkin
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Thu 25 Jun 2015