Roma Tearne reads from and discusses her latest novel. Beginning in 1939, The Last Pier is a beautiful and atmospheric novel inspired by a chance discovery of a collection of old photographs.
Roma Tearne, a Sri Lankan-born novelist and film-maker, gained her master’s degree at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is currently an AHRC Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. Her other novels include Mosquito (2008 shortlisted Costa first book award), Bone China, and The Road to Urbino. She has been shortlisted for the Kirimaya & LA Times book prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011 and, in 2012, the Asian Man Booker. In April Roma isWriter in Residence at the ImperialWar Museum archives, and on 24th October she is to create on the beach at Aldeburgh pieces of installation art and sound directly influenced by the story of the The Last Pier and its setting.
‘Tearne charts the patterns of love and loss with beautiful prose’ The Times