The Leipzig Affair by Fiona Rintoul is BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime from 16 March 2015, 10.45pm for two weeks.
Link to Book at Bedtime page to listen to this dramatisation starring Douglas Henshall and Indira Varma.
Link to BBC News article on Fiona’s experiences in Leipzig in 1986 which led to this novel.
Great Review in The Scotsman for The Leipzig Affair by Fiona Rintoul:
“Impressive debut shows lives on the cusp of change as the Cold War ends…”
To read more, click here.
Listen to Mary Hamer discuss with Jenni Murry the story of Rudyard Kipling’s sister, Trix, who published a novel when she was just 22 but ended up living in the shadow of her brother’s success. Mary’s historical fiction, Kipling & Trix goes to the heart of the relationship between a difficult brother and his troubled sister.
The level of public consciousness about the barriers faced by female filmmakers is higher than it has ever been. Despite this, the discussion more often than not centres around North America and to a lesser extent, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (and I am guilty as charged). This is perfectly understandable, but clearly women do make films outside of these countries, and it can be illuminating to consider how their experiences reflect or differ from those with which we are more familiar.
To this end, the arrival of a new book, “The Celluloid Ceiling,” could not be more timely. Edited by Gabrielle Kelly and Cheryl Robson, it takes a purposefully global overview of the status quo and in doing so provides some fascinating stories and insights, reminding us of what is lost when we limit the discussion to Anglophone directors.
Matthew Hammett Knott – indiewire
Cheryl Robson was at the 2014 Cannes Festival promoting CELLULOID CEILING: Women Directors Breaking Through
Total Film magazine received our book with enthusiasm, awarding it four stars and saying:
A SENSE OF URGENCY drives contributors to seek out hope for film’s female future in these essays….Aside from correcting discrimination, the call for equality is timely: in troubled economies, the editors note, any less would be “a waste of a country’s human resources”
Cheryl Robson, co-editor of Celluloid Ceiling, attended the Cannes Film Festival, where the topic of women film directors was on everyone’s lips. The book was widely seen at the festival.
Recently published: The River’s Song by leading Singaporean author Suchen Christine Lim.
Watch an interview with Suchen below.
Recently published: Provence: People – Places – Food From the breathtaking heights of the Luberon to the azure blue of the Mediterranean coast, delight in the sights and scents of the lavender, of pine trees wafting on the breeze and the taste of fruity wine and fresh seafood. Artists, painters, writers and discerning travellers from royalty to rock stars have long been attracted by the region’s bright light, perfect climate and joie de vivre. Take the road less travelled as you find out more about the extraordinary range of places and people who’ve found inspiration in the mountains and valleys, rocky coves and verdant islands.
Read this interview with the book’s author, Cheryl Robson, on the Culture Trip website.
Aurora Metro Arts and Media, the Twickenham-based arts organization, is delighted to announce The Leipzig Affair, by Fiona Rintoul, as the 2013 winner of the biennial Virginia Prize for the best new fiction by a woman writing in English.
On winning the prize, Fiona said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to have won the Virginia Prize and that my novel Leipzig will now be published by Aurora Metro Books. The publisher’s backlist is full of novels that grab my interest, so I feel I’ve found an excellent home for mine. Prizes such as the Virginia Prize, which are open and anonymous, really do give writers a chance to get their work out there and bring new voices to the reading public.’
Fiona looks forward to seeing the book in print this autumn with Aurora Metro Books.