Christopher Meredith to read at Hay Winter Weekend

English Research Unit Christopher Meredith - cropped

Christopher Meredith has been publishing poetry collections and works of fiction more or less alternately since his first print publication in 1984. Earlier this year, in a rare, if not unique, publishing event, he published two new books simultaneously, the novel Please and poetry collection Still.

In a forthcoming event as part of the Hay Festival Winter Weekend, he will discuss both books and writing in parallel forms with fellow Welsh author Jon Gower. This is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that Hay Festival have hosted in person events in the famous town, although all of their events will also be streamed online.

English Research Unit - Chris Meredith - Please.jpgBoth Please and Still have been reviewed to wide acclaim since publication. Planet magazine commented ‘To publish two such accomplished and deeply rewarding books simultaneously is a remarkable achievement.’

Still, hailed by The Yorkshire Times as ‘a major achievement’, uses the title word as a fulcrum to balance paradoxical concerns: stillness and motion, memory and forgetting, sanity and madness, survival and extinction.

Meanwhile Please, called ‘a virtuoso performance’ by the Western Mail, is a verbally dazzling tragicomedy about hidden passion and regret in which octogenarian language geek Vernon, who has never written a book before, tries to find a way to write the story of his long marriage.

Tickets for the event, which is at 2:30pm on Sunday 28 November, are available on the Hay Festival website.

Please and Still are available in a special two-book deal on the Seren website for £15.00

Christopher Meredith, emeritus Professor of English, is the award-winning author of five novels, a book of short stories, five collections of poetry and he also translates Welsh to English. Prizes include an Eric Gregory Award, the Arts Council of Wales Young Writer Prize, both for poetry, and the Fiction Prize for his first novel, Shifts, which was also shortlisted for the title of Greatest Welsh Novel of All Time.
Meredith with also be in conversation with Tom Bullough about Please and Still at Crickhowell Literary Festival on Saturday 16 October. Full details are on their website.