Branwell and other stories
Posted by alison at wakefieldlibraries
From guest blogger Pam Yates:
Recognise this book cover? You will soon – because Branwell & Other Stories will be published this month (October) with a launch event in the central library at Wakefield One.
The book contains six works by Wakefield author Michael Yates, three of which were turned into successful plays. Now’s your chance to read them as stories.
Branwell is the tale of the Bronte brother who failed as a poet and painter and slipped down the road of drink and despair, despite desperate attempts by his father and sisters to save him.
The Navigator’s Daughter is a family saga about the conflict between a strong-willed mother and her sensitive daughter.
Till My Eyes Bleed is a study of friendship, love and betrayal involving nerdy Mel, his wife Beatrice and his best friend Adrian. When Adrian dies in an accident – or maybe it was suicide – terrible secrets are about to be revealed.
Priceless! In real-life, Yorkshire architect John Poulson, convicted of corruption, wrote an autobiography – The Price – discarded and pulped by his publisher after legal threats. One day a copy of this fugitive book came into Michael’s hands and gave him new insight into Poulson’s personality.
In contrast, Suntdot, a story about the struggles of a naïve young schoolteacher, is based on the author’s own teaching experiences in a boys’ school.
And finally, this year is the 50th anniversary of the murder of US President Jack Kennedy; and Michael marks the occasion with Now It Can Be Told, an imaginative and challenging account of how different the world might have been if those bullets had missed their target.
• Book launch: Branwell & Other Stories. Saturday October 26, 11am to 1pm, the Learning Zone, Central Library, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield WF1 2DD. Readings by Helen Binns, Howard Frost, Kate Mehta and the author. Admission free. Plus chance to buy the book for a discounted price of £8.
• More information about the author on http://www.michael-yates.co.uk