Catherine Chidgey & Emily Rhodes in conversation: The Axeman’s Carnival



6.30pm, Wednesday 8th May



Join us to hear Catherine Chidgey talk about her latest novel The Axeman’s Carnival.


Tama is a helpless chick when he is rescued by Marnie, and this is where his story might have ended. ‘If it keeps me awake,’ says Marnie’s husband Rob, a farmer, ‘I’ll have to wring its neck.’ But with Tama come new possibilities for the couple’s future. Tama can speak, and his fame is growing. Outside, his father warns him of the wickedness wrought by humans. Indoors, Marnie confides in him about her violent marriage. The more Tama sees, the more the animal and the human worlds bleed into one another. Like a stock truck filled with live cargo, the story moves inexorably towards its dramatic conclusion: the annual Axeman’s Carnival.


Part trickster, part surrogate child, part witness, Tama the magpie is the star of this story. Though what he says aloud to humans is often nonsensical (and hilarious), the tale he tells us weaves a disturbingly human sense. The Axeman’s Carnival is Catherine Chidgey at her finest – comic, profound, poetic and true.


Catherine Chidgey’s last novel, the suspenseful psychological thriller Pet, was an international bestseller and best book of the year for publications including The New Yorker. Catherine has published many other novels to international acclaim, including In A Fishbone Church, Golden Deeds, and Remote Sympathy. She has won the Betty Trask Award, the Acorn Prize for Fiction, New Zealand’s most prestigious literary award, and been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (and many others!). 


Catherine will be in conversation with the writer and journalist Emily Rhodes, who has written for many publications, including the Guardian, TLS, and The Spectator. She also founded Emily’s Walking Club. 


Tickets are £6.00 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.


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