Fiction

Saturday 21 September

Jack Sheffield: Changing Times

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 11am: £5

In the late 1970s and 80s, Jack was headteacher of two schools in North Yorkshire and began to record his many amusing stories of village life in the best selling Teacher series. Changing Times, the twelfth novel in the series, appears in July 2019. 

Toby Litt: Patience

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 1.30pm: £5

Toby Litt grew up in Ampthill, and has worked as a teacher, bookseller and subtitler. A Granta Best of Young British Novelist who teaches creative writing at Birkbeck College, he is a regular on Radio 3’s The Verb. Patience, his sixteenth book, is a remarkable story of love and friendship, courage and adventure. Toby will be in conversation with Gary Budden of Influx Press.

Preti Taneja: We That Are Young

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 2.45pm: £5

Preti Taneja's debut novel, We That Are Young, won the 2018 Desmond Elliot prize and gives us a modern-day King Lear set in India as a turbulent family battles for status in a nation in a constant state of transformation. 'Paints a picture of contemporary India we won't easily forget' [The Times of India]. Preti will be  in conversation with the novelist, Umi Sinha.

Chris Ryan: Black Ops

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 4pm: £5

Chris Ryan spent 10 years in the SAS, involved in overt and covert operations, and as sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. After writing about his experiences in the bestseller, The One That Got Away, he has written many works of non-fiction, bestselling novels and a series of childrens' books. Chris will be in conversation with Rob Gifford of Stony Words.

Sam Byers: Perfidious Albion

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 7pm: £5

Sam Byers' second novel, Perfidious Albion, takes us to a near future small town in England where technology, politics and social media in post-Brexit Britain provide the context and the fuel for needle-sharp black-humoured satire.

Sunday 22 September

The Modern Short Story: Chris Power and Lisa Blower

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 12.15pm: £5

Short story lovers, join us to hear new voices as we present the authors of two debut collections. Lisa Blower's stories tell tales of working lives in contemporary Britain, while Chris Powers writes stories peopled by men and women who find themselves at crossroads or dead ends.

Lissa Evans: Old Baggage (MK Lit Fest Book Club Choice)

The Sky Room, MK Gallery, Central Milton Keynes, 2.45pm: £5

During the women’s suffrage campaign, Mattie was a militant. Jailed five times, she marched, sang, gave speeches, smashed windows and heckled Winston Churchill. Nothing since then has had the same depth or excitement. Now in middle age, she is looking for a fresh mould into which to pour her energies. Join Lissa Evans for our MK Lit Fest Book Club event!