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Damian Kelleher

The Closest Thing to Flying

Gill Lewis Interviewed by Damian Kelleher

Saturday, 30 March 2019

10:00am

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£7

Join award-winning author Gill Lewis as she introduces her new novel The Closest Thing to Flying. When Semira discovers a diary written by Hen, a girl living over 100 years ago, she finds the inspiration to be brave, to fight for her place in the world, and maybe even to uncover the secrets of her own past.

This powerful story explores the plight of refugees in the UK, the origins of the RSPB and the beginnings women’s suffrage movement. Join Lewis as she unpicks these important issues, shares her own journey to becoming an author, and reveals her top tips for budding writers.

Lewis’s first novel, Sky Hawk, was nominated for 15 book awards, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second novel, White Dolphin, was shortlisted for the Centurion Book Award and the Kernow Youth Book Award, and Scarlet Ibis won the Little Rebels Award. Here she talks to Damian Kelleher, a journalist and writer specialising in children’s books

Age 9+

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden