The Old Haunts with Allan Radcliffe and Eilidh Akilade | 26th October @ 7pm
Join us to celebrate the re-issue of Allan Radcliffes debut novel, The Old Haunts.
Recently bereaved Jamie is staying at a rural steading in the heart of Scotland with his actor boyfriend Alex. The sudden loss of both of Jamie's parents hangs like a shadow over the trip. In his grief, Jamie finds himself sifting through bittersweet memories, from his working-class upbringing in Edinburgh to his bohemian twenties in London, with a growing awareness of his sexuality threaded through these formative years.
In the present, when Alex is called away to an audition, Jamie can no longer avoid the pull of the past: haunted by an inescapable failure to share his full self with his parents, he must confront his unresolved feelings towards them. In spare, evocative prose, Allan Radcliffe tells a wistful coming-of-age story and paints a tender portrait of grief in all its complexities.
Allan Radcliffe is a writer and theatre critic for The Times in Scotland and was previously well known among the contributors to the Scotsman, Sunday Herald, Sunday Times, Metro and the Big Issue, among other papers and journals. His poetry and short stories have appeared in Out There, Elsewhere, Markings, the Best Gay Short Stories, New Writing Scotland, Celtic View and Gutter Magazine and he has written a monologue about the painter Frances MacDonald McNair that has been performed at art galleries up and down the country.
Allan will be joined in conversation with Eilidh Akilade. Eilidh is a writer based in Glasgow. She is currently Intersections Editor at The Skinny and her writing can be found in publications such as Extra Teeth, MAP Magazine, gal-dem, and Dazed, amongst others.