Arvon at Home: Live Guest Reading

Reading and Q&A with Ian Marchant via Zoom

Wednesday February 24th 2021, 7:15pm GMT


Now more than ever we need stories – to engage, to distract, to entertain, to nourish, and to help us make sense of what we’re living through. And so while you can’t come to us, instead we will come to you, bringing a taste of Arvon into your home one night a week. Every week an Arvon tutor will join us as a guest, to read from their own work and answer your questions live and in person online.

This Live Guest Reading is with Ian Marchant on Wednesday 24th February at 7:15 pm BST.

Born a week before Elvis joined the Army, writer and broadcaster Ian Marchant is originally from Sussex, but now lives with his family in the not entirely real county of Radnorshire.

His work as a broadcaster includes programmes about the secret power of trees, the ghost railways of Britain, and the reality of the North/South divide. He is a regular presenter for Radio Four’s ‘Open Country.’

His first two non-fiction books were Parallel Lines (2003), which reinvented train spotting for the new Millennium and The Longest Crawl (2006), which describes a tipsy journey between Britain’s two most distant pubs. Something of the Night, (2012) is a memoir of life as a night-owl, set over the course of one night at an isolated farmhouse in Western Cork. A Hero For High Times, published by Jonathan Cape, is a history of the British counter-culture told through the life experiences of one old freak, whose bus has come to rest in a wood. It was long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize in 2018, a prize designed to reward genre-busting books.

His next book, One Fine Day, is due for publication in 2022. It’s a based on the diary of Thomas Marchant, which Ian’s 7 times great great-grandfather kept between 1714 and 1728. It is from this work-in-progress that he will be reading, and subsequently discussing the writing of family history, how it merges with wider history, and how to catch the interest of both readers and publishers.

He is a regular diarist for ‘The Church Times’, and has taught life writing and creative non-fiction for Arvon and at Birmingham City University.

The reading and interactive Q&A will be hosted on Zoom. This is a live event and will not be recorded.

We are more committed than ever to helping writers find inspiration, and to make space for their own creativity, no matter the setting. So join us from the comfort of your sofa and listen to writers share their work, the stories behind their work, and invaluable writing advice directly from their own desk (or maybe the kitchen table).

Cost: £5.00


Very lovely. It had an intimate feeling despite it being a Zoom event and all of us being in different places.


"Thanks for an excellent session last night. It worked very well on Zoom, especially with the Q&A using the chat function."


"What a brilliant reading. It was intimate and moving and very listener friendly. I loved it and will be back for more."




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