Literary Events

Book Launch: 'Burntcoat' by Sarah Hall

Award-winning novelist and our Professor of Practice, Sarah Hall launches her new novel 'Burntcoat' with an event at our Ambleside Campus. This event will also be available online as a live stream. Tickets available now.

25 Sep 2021 - 25 Sep 2021

Cover of book 'Burntcoat' by Sarah Hall

Event Overview

Award-winning novelist and our Professor of Practice, Sarah Hall launches her new novel Burntcoat with an event at our Ambleside Campus. Tickets are available for both the on-campus event, to be attended in person, and for the live stream, to be attended virtually online.

  • 2-3 pm - On-campus event at the Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria, Rydal Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 99B. This event will also be available online as a live stream. 
  • 3-4.30pm - book signing available to those with tickets to attend the on-campus event.

Burntcoat

You were the last one here, before I closed the doors of Burntcoat. Before we all shut our doors.

A Remarkable novel of passion, connection and transformation from award-winning novelist and short story writer Sarah Hall.

In the bedroom above her immense studio at Burntcoat, the celebrated sculptor Edith Harkness is making her final preparations. The symptoms are well known; he life will draw to an end in the coming days. 

Downstairs, the studio is a crucible glowing with memories and desire. It was here, when the first lockdown came, that she brought Halit. The lover she barely knew. A presence from another culture. A doorway into a new and feverish world.

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Author Sarah Hall

Event Information

The story of two new lovers confined, Burntcoat is a sublime and scorching experience, an elegy burning with resistance, which no reader will forget. 

Sarah Hall was born in Cumbria. Twice nominated for the Man Booker Prize, she is the award-winning author of five novels and three short-story collections: The Beautiful Indifference, which won the Edge Hill and Portico prizes, Madame Zero, winner of the East Anglian Book Award, and Sudden Traveller, shorlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Fiction. She is currently the only author to be four times shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, which she won in 2013 with 'Mrs Fox' and in 2020 with 'The Grotesques'. 

"Like Burntcoat's protagonist, I know art can't really offer a cure. But I had to write this book." Sarah Hall

 "I can think no other British writer whose talent so consistently thrills, surprises and staggers." Benjamin Myers

"Sarah Hall makes language shimmer and burn... One of the finest writers at work today." Damon Galgut

"A Writer of show-stopping genius." Guardian

"An edgy, sensuous, and immediate writer of striking power and grace." Sunday Times

"So vivid, so visceral, so vital..." Val McDermid