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Sarah Burton and Jem Poster, long-time tutors for ICE and founders of the Institute's MSt in Creative Writing, will be in conversation with Yvonne Battle-Felton, discussing their co-written novel, Eliza Mace.

Eliza Mace: Uncovering the Truth

Stuck in a crumbling manor house in the Welsh borders, and battling for her independence in an age – the 1870s – when relatively few women were in a position to exercise influence in the wider world, Eliza Mace is thwarted by powers that conspire to protect, control and deceive her. But when her father goes missing in mysterious circumstances, her determination to uncover the truth is unstoppable...

Following on from the publication of their co-written novel Eliza Mace earlier this year, Jem and Sarah will discuss not only the novel itself but, more broadly, the two genres it represents – historical fiction and detective fiction – offering insights of interest to readers of both genres, as well as to aspiring writers.


Jem Poster is Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University; with Sarah Burton he set up ICE’s MSt in Creative Writing. He is the author of a collection of poetry, Brought to Light (Bloodaxe, 2001) and two novels, Courting Shadows and Rifling Paradise (Sceptre, 2002 and 2006).

Sarah Burton, founder and former Director of ICE’s MSt in Creative Writing, is the author of Impostors
(Penguin, 2000), A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb
(Penguin, 2003) and The Strange Adventures of H (Legend, 2020).

Jem and Sarah are also co-authors of a handbook for fiction writers, The Book You Need to Read to Write the Book You Want to Write (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and a novel, Eliza Mace, published by Duckworth earlier this year.

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Event date

Thursday, 11 July, 2024 - 19:00