Scarlett Thomas at Litfest


25 May, 2010


The Auditorium, The Storey, Lancaster


In a special event organised by Litfest in collaboration with Lancaster University's Experimentality programme, Scarlett Thomas read from and discussed her latest novel, Our Tragic Universe.

'I was reading about the end of the universe when I got a text message from my friend Libby . . .' If Kelsey Newman's theory about the end of time is true, we are all going to live forever. But for Meg – locked in a dead-end relationship and with a deadline long-gone for a book that she can't write – this thought fills her with dread. Meg is lost in a labyrinth of her own devising. But could there be an important connection between a wild beast living on Dartmoor, a ship in a bottle, the science of time, a knitting pattern for the shape of the universe and the Cottingley Fairies? Or is her life just one long chain of coincidences? Smart, entrancing and buzzing with big ideas, Our Tragic Universe is a book about how relationships are created and destroyed, and how a story might just save your life.

Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her other novels include Bright Young Things, Going Out and The End of Mr.Y, which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.

'Immensely bright and very much on the cutting edge.'
The Guardian on The End of Mr. Y

'A delight' not least for the quality of Scarlett Thomas's writing ... Full of life and energy.'
Philip Pullman on Our Tragic Universe

Our Tragic Universe surprised me, and in such a terrific way. It is so addictive, you can't help but fall deeper and deeper under Scarlett Thomas's spell. She is a genius.'
Douglas Coupland on Our Tragic Universe