An Evening With Patrick Ness
Wednesday 2nd September
An evening with Patrick Ness at The Story Museum
18:30, Wednesday 16th September 2015
We all know the story of the ‘Chosen One’ who saves the world from the forces of evil, but what if you weren’t the Chosen One? What if all you want to do is graduate and go to prom before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
This is the question that award winning author Patrick Ness asks in his new novel The Rest of us Just Live Here, from which he’ll be reading extracts when he visits The Story Museum in Oxford on Wednesday the 16th September. In conversation with Daniel Hahn (editor of The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature), Patrick will discuss the inspirations, passions and experiences behind writing some of his acclaimed novels for young adult readers, including A Monster Calls and the Chaos Walking trilogy. The event will be followed by a book signing where guests will have the chance to meet Patrick in person.
An Evening with Patrick Ness starts at 18:30 and tickets are £6 for adults and £5 for concessions. The event is suitable for ages 12+ and adults with an interest in YA literature.
Notes to editors:
Patrick Ness was born in the US in 1971, living in the western states of Hawaii, Washington and California, before moving to England in 1999.
He read English Literature at the University of Southern California, and worked as a corporate writer at a cable company, before the publication of his first novel, The Crash of Hennington, in 2003.
His second book was a collection of short stories, Topics About Which I Know Nothing (2004).
In 2008, he published the first in his ‘Chaos Walking’ trilogy for young adults,The Knife of Never Letting Go. It is set in a dystopian world where everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts. This book won the 2008 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2009 Carnegie Medal. In 2009, the second book in the trilogy, The Ask and the Answer, won the Costa Children’s Book Award. The third book,Monsters of Men, was published in 2010.
Patrick Ness has taught Creative Writing at Oxford University, and written journalism and criticism for the Sunday Telegraph, the Daily Telegraph, and the Times Literary Supplement. He currently reviews books for The Guardian.
He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, and in 2009 was the first Writer in Residence for Booktrust.