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Extravagant Stranger LAUNCH

Housmans are proud to present a special Locomotrix evening for the launch of Daniel Roy Connelly's Extravagant Stranger: A Memoir, with special guest Luke Kennard.

Ian Fleming’s Bond meets the lyricism of Rimbaud in this fast-paced, genre-defying debut, encompassing six decades and three continents of absurd and often life-threatening experience.

At once personal and hauntingly universal, Extravagant Strangeris the compelling memoir of self-professed ‘global scalliwag’ Daniel Roy Connelly – former diplomat, theatre director, Shakespeare scholar and conscience-stricken father.

Laced with international intrigue and hilarious moments of well-aimed self-scrutiny, here is a book – like the life it relates – truly without comparison.

Published by Little Island Press.

About the Poets

A former British diplomat, Daniel Roy Connelly is a theatre director, actor and professor of creative writing, English and theatre at John Cabot University and the American University of Rome. He has acted in and directed theatre in America, the UK, Italy and China, where his 2009 production of David Henry Hwang's M Butterfly was forced to close by the Chinese secret police. Watch Daniel perform 'Black Dog', a poem for his son, here.

Luke Kennard is the author of five collections of poetry. His latest, Cain (Penned in the Margins, 2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 International Dylan Thomas Prize and his first novelThe Transition (4th Estate, 2017) was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Debut Fiction Award. He teaches at the University of Birmingham.


Thu 13 July 2017

19:00 – 20:30 BST

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX

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