Kiran Millwood Hargrave introduces The Dance Tree 06/06/22
We're very excited to finally be welcoming Kiran Millwood Hargrave to Bristol, two years after our initial was cancelled by Covid. We'll be discussing Kiran's second novel for adults, The Dance Tree, a heart-stopping story of family secrets, forbidden love and women pushed to the edge.
Event Date: Monday 6th June 2022
Location: The Eastfield, Henleaze Road
The ticket price is redeemable against purchase of The Dance Tree (£14.99 in hardback). You will receive an email confirmation of your ticket purchase but we will have a list of all attendees on the door so you do not need to print out this email.
We ask that you purchase a drink from The Eastfield when attending the event to help support hospitality in Bristol.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Exceptionally brilliant. Immersive, sensual, compelling, ambitious
The Dance Tree is the gripping new novel from Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Mercies.
In Strasbourg, in the boiling hot summer of 1518, a plague strikes the women of the city. First it is just one – a lone figure, dancing in the main square – but she is joined by more and more and the city authorities declare an emergency. Musicians will be brought in. The devil will be danced out of these women.
Just beyond the city’s limits, pregnant Lisbet lives with her mother-in-law and husband, tending the bees that are their livelihood. Her best friend Ida visits regularly and Lisbet is so looking forward to sharing life and motherhood with her. And then, just as the first woman begins to dance in the city, Lisbet’s sister-in-law Nethe returns from six years’ penance in the mountains for an unknown crime. No one – not even Ida – will tell Lisbet what Nethe did all those years ago, and Nethe herself will not speak a word about it.
It is the beginning of a few weeks that will change everything for Lisbet – her understanding of what it is to love and be loved, and her determination to survive at all costs for the baby she is carrying. Lisbet and Nethe and Ida soon find themselves pushing at the boundaries of their existence – but they’re dancing to a dangerous tune.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kiran Millwood Hargrave (b.1990) is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. The Mercies was her first novel for adults, and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller. It won a Betty Trask Award, was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and was named amongst the NYT 100 Most Notable Books of 2020. Her bestselling works for children include The Girl of Ink & Stars and have won or been short and long-listed for numerous awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Best Story Award and, twice, the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cats, Luna and Marly. You can find Kiran online: @Kiran_MH (Twitter) and @kiran_mh (Instagram).