Steven Hall and Ellis Sharp at Lancaster Literature Festival


17 October, 2009


The Auditorium, The Storey, Lancaster


As part of the collaboration between the Experimentality programme and Lancaster Literature Festival, two extraordinary writers read from their work and discussed how experimenting with the written world can shape our perception of the world.  

Steven Hall

"Fast, sexy, intriguing, intelligent ... a cult waiting to happen, a blockbuster begging to be made." Steven Hall and Ellis SharpSteven Hall and Ellis SharpToby Litt 

"The bastard love child of The Matrix, Jaws and The Da Vinci Code. Very entertaining." Mark Haddon

Eric Sanderson wakes up in a place he doesn’t recognise, unable to remember who he is. Attacked by a force he cannot see and confronted with memories he cannot ignore, Eric discovers he is being hunted by a psychic shark. Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty) has recently completed a film adaptation of Steven Hall’s novel The Raw Shark Texts.

Ellis Sharp

Ellis Sharp is the author of three novels - The Dump, Unbelievable Things and Walthamstow Central – though he is perhaps best known for his seven collections of surreal comic stories, many of which mix an interest in the paranormal, cinema and rock music with the politics and personalities of historical figures.

Ellis Sharp read from Dead Iraqis: Selected Short Stories of Ellis Sharp, published by New Ventures. 

"One would not have thought an author could link Che Guevara and the Loch Ness monster, but Sharp does ...This is not magic realism. These are the bad dreams of the 20th century." The Guardian