'Meet the Authors' at Brookes open book clubs

Friday, 13 February 2009


A series of special open book clubs exploring how the themes of love and justice.

Three of today's most talented authors will be exploring how the themes of love and justice are depicted in their writing in a series of special open book clubs run by Oxford Brookes University.

Neil Bartlett, Michael Cordy and Teresa Hayter will be presenting their work to the public as part of a month-long programme of events to celebrate human rights, relationships and diversity in February and March 2009.

The 'meet the author' open book clubs are free and offer the opportunity for everyone to stop, think and discuss what love and justice means to them.

Michael Cordy will be discussing his novel The Venus Conspiracy and commented:

'Love and Justice Month is a great initiative because it encourages us all to raise our heads for a moment from the everyday grindstone and consider the values many of us take for granted: relationships, diversity, tolerance and human rights. They shouldn¹t be taken for granted, of course.'

Of The Venus Conspiracy, he says: 'I began with a thought: what if the most rational human pursuit, science, unlocked the biochemical key to the most powerful human emotion, love? In a just world one might assume its all-conquering power would be used to make the world a better place. But what if this most benign force fell into the most malign and unjust hands? What would happen then?"

Author, performer, theatre director and Brookes honorary graduate, Neil Bartlett opens the series with Skin Lane which was short-listed for the 2007 Costa Novel Award. It offers a chilling yet compassionate account of a quiet disciplined man pushed over the edge by passion.

The third book selected is a work of non-fiction by Oxford-based author Teresa Hayter, writer and activist on migration and anti-racism issues. Her book Open Borders: The Case against Immigration Controls, assesses the impact of the increasing severity of border controls since they were first introduced and makes the controversial case for their abolition.

The 'meet the author' book clubs are free and open to the public.

Other free events taking place in Love and Justice Month and open to the local community include: a volunteering fair, public lectures and debate, workshops for managers and employees and a Nicaraguan evening in partnership with The Oxford International Women's Festival. There will be an opportunity to see and read how people in Oxfordshire express the love and justice themes in a display of poems and photographs submitted to the Love and Justice competition. Oxford Brookes annual Human Rights Film and Music Festival will coincide with Love and Justice Month and will add further opportunities to explore related themes.