16/10: Read at your own risk: Heroes & Villains
We're seemingly surrounded by villains and in desperate need of heroes. But how do authors create them and what can we learn from these timeless archetypes?
In the second of our monthly discussion series "Read at your own risk", we'll don our capes and ask what makes a true hero and a truly terrifying villain?
Novelist Heather Child and comic book writer Robin Etherington will examine whether the same character traits apply across their contrasting styles, reveal their favourite literary heroes and villains, and hopefully bring a bat phone to end the various calamities we're currently facing!
Day: Wednesday 16th October
Venue: Max Minerva's, 39 North View, BS6 7PY
Tickets: £3 (redeemable on purchase of a book)
About the authors
Heather Child's latest novel, The Undoing of Arlo Knott, came out in August this year and was a Guardian book of the month. It tells of Arlo, who develops the mysterious ability to reverse his last action, making him better at life and able to experience anything without worrying about the consequences. But as he discovers, second chances aren't all they're cracked up to be.
Robin Etherington is one half of the Etherington Brothers, the author of five Long Gone Don adventures and the creator eight book-length Von Doogan puzzle adventures for The Phoenix. He's also written for Star Wars, Transformers, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. His new book, How to think when you write, is set to break Kickstarter records when it comes out in October.