Fiction reading: Painter to the King
  • The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Amy Sackville is a British award-winning fiction writer and teacher of creative writing at the University of Kent. Her most recent book Painter to the King, was published by Granta Books in 2018. Described by The London Magazine as 'an immersive blend of art history, sensory detail, and spatial exploration', is it the story of painter Diego Velázquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. 

Amy will be reading from this widely acclaimed novel and will discuss its themes. 

‘One of the finest historical novels of recent years’ Sarah Perry 

'It's rewarding and demanding, but if there were ever a novel composed from pictures, rather than words, it is this.' - The Mail on Sunday

Date: Tuesday 4 February 
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £6 /£4 for Concessions /free to UoP students via SPiA /free to 18’s and under with YAP

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Amy Sackville 

Amy’s debut novel, The Still Point, published by Portobello Books in 2010, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize that year and was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Her second book, Orkney, published by Granta Books in 2013 won a Somerset Maugham Award. Then in 2018 Amy wrote Painter to the King, 'one of the finest historical novels of recent years' and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in its ‘40 Under 40’ initiative. 

Slow Painting exhibition

Friday 24 January – Saturday 28 March | The Levinsky Gallery 

Art has reacted, like everything else, to digital technology, both on the level of making and reception. 'Slow Painting' offers a counterbalance to an accelerating world, comprising works that illustrate the role of painting as a rewarding repository of time.

This Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition is curated by writer and critic, Martin Herbert, and features the work of 19 talented artists. It's an exhibition of paintings that take their time, and invite us to do the same. 

Find out more about the exhibition

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