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Seachanger – Wave Weaver by Sussi Louise Smith – Zoom Book LaunchThursday 9th December, 6pm

Join us on Zoom for a launch event to celebrate the publication of Sussi Louise Smith’s second poetry collection, Seachanger – Wave Weaver.

Please contact Book Corner for the Zoom link by email:

About the book:

With her unapologetic Nordic Noir hygge, humour and honesty Sussi Louise Smith writes her way through a year of four deaths and no weddings. Her world, at times, deep sea dark is somehow still deliciously warm to the touch.

There are few places to hide within this ever-changing collection of poems, flash fiction and art. Rolling waves of longing and joy intertwine with Scandinavian reminiscences, and yet this is no autobiography. Sussi has crafted creative escapisms, a collection of water sessions, that elevate the reader from life in lockdown Britain. Landlocked and isolated from family in Denmark, Sussi bridges the abyss with the help of her irreverent imagination and the breath-taking paintings of American seascape artist Tjasa Owen, examples of which are embodied in the poetry.

Seachanger – Wave Weaver is Sussi’s second collection of poetry in English, and it is as seashaken as the first. Open-hearted and salty to the core.

The following events will all take place at Book Corner, 24 Milton Street, Saltburn.

Robin Ince: The Importance of Being Interested – Book Signing

Friday 3rd December, 2pm

Comedian, author and broadcaster Robin Ince will be signing copies of his new popular science book, The Importance of Being Interested.

Robin Ince is the co-creator and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 show The Infinite Monkey Cage. In 2019 he played to over a quarter of a million people with Brian Cox on their world tour, which has put them in the Guinness Book of Records for the most tickets sold to a science show.

About the book:

Comedian Robin Ince quickly abandoned science at school, bored by a fog of dull lessons and intimidated by the barrage of equations. But, twenty years later, he fell in love and he now presents one of the world’s most popular science podcasts. Every year he meets hundreds of the world’s greatest thinkers.

In this erudite and witty book, Robin reveals why scientific wonder isn’t just for the professionals. Filled with interviews featuring astronauts, comedians, teachers, quantum physicists, neuroscientists and more – as well as charting Robin’s own journey with science – The Importance of Being Interested explores why many wrongly think of the discipline as distant and difficult. From the glorious appeal of the stars above to why scientific curiosity can encourage much needed intellectual humility, this optimistic and profound book will leave you filled with a thirst for intellectual adventure.

Sam Galliford – Book Signing

Saturday 27th November, 2pm – 4pm

Sam Galliford will be here to sign copies of all three of his novels.

Sam Galliford is a scientist who has worked in hospitals and medical schools in the fields of child and maternal health, in the UK and Australia. Growing up in Teesside, he learned a love of story-telling from a grandfather who told him rollicking tales of adventurers, navigators and explorers from the days of history. It was later, when a scientific colleague described one of his presentations as ‘fiction’, he thought, ‘What a good idea!’. He recalled his story-telling roots and began writing his own short stories. The short stories grew into novels, and Skyfire (2019) and Rockfall (2021) followed. Piccadilly Street (2021) is his third novel.

About Piccadilly Street: Piccadilly Street. All cities have one. It is a street of medical specialists where consultants consult and all the important decisions are made by their spouses and receptionists. Throw in a dentist with a seductive chair, a psychiatrist who has declared herself to be the saviour of all put-upon womanhood, and a failed Customs Service sniffer-dog who can unerringly detect any suitcase full of dirty underwear, and the best laid plans are bound to go awry. Piccadilly Street is a love story, threaded with misunderstandings, erroneous conclusions, incorrect deductions and all the normal accidents of living, as are all stories of true love. It is astonishing how it all turns out right in the end.

About Rockfall: “Microbes are clever little creatures.” So says Dr Christopher Fadden of his discovery of a bug that can digest plastic. It is certainly clever enough to clean the world and its oceans of plastic pollution. Gerard tells his great-aunt Gwendoline of Chris’ enthusiasm for his bug, and Aunt Gwendoline dreams of a rockfall in the mine near the Teesside village where she grew up. Questions arise about Chris’ bug. Is it an innocent work of nature, or could it be a biological weapon created to undermine the way of life of a plastics-dependent West? The double-think of military intelligence begins to ensnare Gerard, and it is only Aunt Gwendoline and her dreams that can save him from the forces that would destroy him. ROCKFALL is a story of idealism pursued by suspicion, of authority not being able to take the chance of being wrong, and innocence paying the price.

About Skyfire: The novel tells the story of a crime and its impact on the victim’s family, her friends and their relationships. It is a story of loyalty in the presence of danger, of love in the face of fear, and of sacrifice in the name of friendship. The story is told through the voice of an old lady who was born and grew up in the Cleveland Hills and who remembers watching a Zeppelin on fire during World War I, the “Skyfire” of the title. As her dreams and memories follow the aftermath of the crime, the old lady senses danger for her much-loved grand-nephew and she realises that she alone has the foresight to save him.