Patrick Gale is the author of sixteen novels, including the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter and two Richard and Judy Book Club selections, Notes from an Exhibition and A Perfectly Good Man. He was recently the subject of a BBC documentary, Patrick Gale’s Art of Fiction, in which he was interviewed by Stephen Fry and opened up about the intimate links between his fiction and previously hidden stories of his family. His first original television drama, Man in an Orange Shirt, was the highly praised centrepiece of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season this summer and he has written about how it was partly inspired by a secret in his parents’ marriage. Based on his husband’s farm at Land’s End, he’s a busy man, writing a new novel and two major television projects while playing the cello in the local orchestra and helping run the North Cornwall Book Festival. Patrick will talk about his journey from writing on the edges and being marginalised to the gay shelves in bookshops, to being taken to the nation’s heart and opens up about the tricky business of using one’s nearest and dearest as “material”. You can watch and extract from the BBC documentary on You Tube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j10ZGtrWVSY) and find out more about Patrick on his website www.galewarning.org.
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