No Good Brother(s) Tour meets Cardiff BookTalk

25 April 2018

Creative Writing lecturer brings Literary Roadshow to University’s Cardiff BookTalk

Following on from its last lively event marking World Poetry Day, BookTalk returns with another original mix, this time combining new writing and music.

This month the award-winning author and academic Tyler Keevil and his brother, filmmaker and musician Jonathan Keevil, end their literary roadshow, The No Good Brother (s) Tour, at the University’s popular book group with a difference.

Throughout April the Vancouver-born brothers have been touring Wales and southwest England with the impact and engagement project, jointly funded by the University and the Arts Council of England. Blending music, dramatized readings of Tyler Keevil’s latest book No Good Brother and discussion of the book’s creation, the tour has included Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Laugharne Weekend in Wales and London’s Calder Theatre.

Tyler Keevil explains the thinking behind the innovative tour:

“Jon’s music was integral to the story, and the novel’s development.  For that reason, when it came to engaging with audiences it seemed to make sense to try something a bit different to the traditional literary reading.  We’re very appreciative of the support from the Arts Council and the University and audiences have been enthusiastic and  receptive. It’s great to bring the tour to its end at Cardiff BookTalk in the heart of the capital.”

Winner of the Book of the Year People’s Prize for his 2010 debut novel Fireball, Tyler Keevil is author of the road trip adventure The Drive shortlisted, for Wales Book of the Year, and the collection of short fiction Burrard Inlet, including the story Sealskin which won the Writers Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize.

Filmmaker and musician Jonathan Keevil is best known for the soundtrack to the independent film Bellflower, an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest. His new album will be released later this year.

Established in 2011, Cardiff BookTalk is a University book group with a difference, discussing expert perspectives and readers’ views about the big ideas in a range of classic and contemporary fiction. Cardiff BookTalk events are free and open to all.

The No Good Brother(s) Tour at Cardiff BookTalk takes place on Wednesday 25th April at Cardiff University’s School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. Available in advance only, tickets are going fast.