China Mieville at the Balham Literary Festival

China Mieville at the Balham Literary Festival
  • The Bedford Pub, 77 Bedford Hill, Balham, SW12 9HD
    The Bedford Pub
    77 Bedford Hill Balham , SW12 9HD UNITED KINGDOM
  • 11/06/2016 16:00 - 11/06/2016 16:00


China Miéville skewers the picturesque in a talk specially written for the festival, followed by a Q&A session. What is the picturesque? What is its role in our psyche and how does it work? And just what is that work? Why is the cosy and charming so often so unsettling? China Miéville looks askance at the quaint - and reveals how it's always looking menacingly askance right back at us.

China Miéville lives and works in London. He is three-time winner of the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award and has also won the British Fantasy Award twice. The City & The City, an existential thriller, was published to dazzling critical acclaim and drew comparison with the works of Kafka and Orwell and Philip K. Dick. His novel Embassytown was a first and widely praised foray into science fiction.