Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Letters from Yelena to be previewed at Dance City Newcastle

I'm excited to announce that Dance City Newcastle are to host the launch party for my second novel ‘Letters from Yelena’ on 1st October 2012. Part of the launch party will be a specially commissioned performance, directed by the acclaimed North East choreographer Dora Frankel, in which scenes from the book will be performed to a composed soundtrack.

It promises to be an innovative night of literature, music and dancing set at one of the North's most exciting and original venues. Tickets go on sale at Dance City’s box office soon. In the meantime I’m looking forward to seeing how the piece and its music both develop over the next few months. This is interesting new ground for me!

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Portrait photography by Tony Griffiths for Dora Frankel Dance-
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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Advance notice for Letters from Yelena from author Hanna Jameson

I’ve been fortunate this week to be given a kind advance notice for ‘Letters From Yelena’ from the exceptional Hanna Jameson, author and aspiring ballerina. Her debut novel Something You Are is published in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands in December (a copy of its exquisite Dutch cover is below).

'I finished Letters from Yelena in two sittings. The mental and physical strain of the professional ballet artist is almost tangible. Mankowski creates a bleak and isolated landscape, where aspiration and ambition can be crushed under the sheer weight of their own internal pressure. 'Yelena' has more emotional and intellectual depth in a chapter than the entirety of The Black Swan. Instead it harks back to something like the visual masterpiece of The Red Shoes; romantic, dark, uncompromising, and beautiful. I defy any woman, and any dancer, to not see parts of themselves in Yelena. Exceptionally talented. Thank God you don't write crime/thrillers or I'd be bitter and jealous.’

You can pre-order Letters From Yelena from Amazon here-
(Portrait photograph by Ben Grubb)