Monique Roffey, Winner of the Costa Book Award
Friday 15th October, 7.30pm
Venue: The Poly
Tickets: £7 (£5 students)
Monique Roffey was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and mostly educated in the UK. Her seventh book, The Mermaid of Black Conch won the Costa Book of the Year, 2020. It was also short-listed for the Goldsmiths Prize 2020 and longlisted for the Rathbones/Folio Award.
The novel tells the story of a fisherman on the island of Black Conch who attracts a sea-dweller that he never expected - Aycayia, an innocent young woman cursed by jealous wives to live as a mermaid.
When American tourists capture Aycayia, David rescues her and vows to win her trust. Slowly, painfully, she transforms into a woman again. Yet as their love grows, they discover that the world around them is changing - and they cannot escape the curse for ever . . .
She will be talking to Gavin Knight, author of The Swordfish and the Star.