TALK: with author Barney Norris


Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. PB

Wednesday 23 August, 6:30pm  Booking

Author and playwright Barney Norris joins us at the barn to discuss his highly lauded debut novel set in Salisbury, ‘Five Rivers Met On A Wooded Plain’.

‘There exists in all of us a song waiting to be sung which is as heart-stopping and vertiginous as the peak of the cathedral. at is the meaning of this quiet city, where the spire soars into the blue, where rivers and stories weave into one another, where lives intertwine.’

One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard, a widower – all facing their own personal disasters. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.

Barney Norris © Jay Brooks (web)Barney Norris was born in Sussex in 1987, and grew up in Salisbury. Upon leaving university he founded the theatre company Up In Arms. He won the Critics’ Circle and Offwestend Awards for Most Promising Playwright for his debut full-length play Visitors. He is the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. this is his debut novel.

‘Remarkable, makes you thrill to be alive’ Financial Times

‘Deeply satisfying…a tolerant and insightful debut’ The Guardian

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