Jon Ransom | The Gallopers
Sun 21 Apr 2024 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Polari Prize winning author Jon Ransom, hailed as a powerful new voice of gay working-class life in contemporary fiction, presents his blistering new novel, The Gallopers. Jon’s mesmerising book spans the lives of three gay men over 30 years, from the devastating North Sea floods of 1953 to the Aids epidemic of the 1980s.
In conversation with poet and novelist Andrew McMillan.
Venue: Old Divinity School
Duration: 1 hour
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Jon Ransom grew up in Norfolk and now lives near Cambridge. His debut novel, The Whale Tattoo was published in 2022 and in November 2023 won the Polari First Book Prize. He was awarded an Arts Council grant to develop The Gallopers.
Andrew McMillan was born in Barnsley in 1988. His debut collection of poetry, physical, was ‘the sort of once-in-a-generation debut that causes everyone to sit up and take notice’ according to Sarah Crown. physical was the only poetry book to ever win the Guardian First Book Award; it was also awarded a Somerset Maugham award, an Eric Gregory Award, the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and in 2019 was voted as one of the Top 25 Poetry Books of the Past 25 Years by the Booksellers Association. His second collection, playtime, won the inaugural Polari Prize. A third collection, pandemonium, was published in 2021 and in 2022 he co-edited the acclaimed anthology 100 Queer Poems, which was shortlisted in the British Book Awards. He is professor of contemporary writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.