A unique opportunity to see James Kelman in Stirling. For this performance, Kelman is working with musicians. He will discuss and read extracts from Dirt Road, with musical accompaniment from The Dirt Roadsters band, featuring special guest Neil Sutcliffe.
From the understated serenity of Kelman’s prose emerges a devastating emotional power, as its 16 year old protagonist journeys towards zydeco country. He explores the brevity of life, the agonising demands of love and the lure of the open road. It is also a beautiful book about the power of music and all that it can offer. A film version is under way, with Stirling’s own Neil Sutcliffe in the lead role as a young accordionist encountering the musical traditions of the Southern heartland.
James Kelman was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 with his novel, A Disaffection, which also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He went on to win the Booker Prize five years later with How Late it Was, How Late: Stories, before being shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 and 2011. In 2012 he won the Saltire Book of the Year award for Mo Said She was Quirky. This new novel, Dirt Road, is set in USA.