Live at Staffs: Steve Hollyman's Esc&Ctrl

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Join us for a reading and Q&A with the author, as well as a book signing.

  • Date:
  • Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
  • Location: The Henrion Gallery and Studio One , ,
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  • Free event

Released in October 2022, Steve Hollyman’s sophomore novel Esc&Ctrl is a ‘metametametafictional mind-bender’ (Stu Hennigan, Lunate Books of the Year).

Vincent wakes up in an apartment in New York City with no recollection of having arrived there. Back in the UK, his girlfriend, Emily, has been murdered. Guided by mysterious phone calls which lead him to a series of clues, he soon suspects he has travelled to New York to find Emily’s killer.

Meanwhile, an explicit video Emily made is going viral. When she shared it with Davison in a private forum, she never expected him to upload it. But she’s only ever spoken to him online, and he might not be who he says he is.

Framed by footnotes and annotations written by Ike A. Mafar and author Steve Hollyman, Esc&Ctrl is a metafictional murder mystery examining the loss of identity in the virtual world of the Internet; a self-begetting novel for the 21st Century.

Steve Hollyman was born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1984. His critically-acclaimed first novel, LAIRIES, was published by Influx Press in 2021, and appeared as a Book of the Day in The Guardian. He is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Staffordshire University.

Join us in the Henrion Gallery for a drinks and canapes reception. We will then head over to Studio one for a reading and Q&A with the author, as well as a book signing.

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