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Talk, Sun 5 Apr 2020

Beverley Memorial Hall

Beverley Memorial Hall


We welcome author, Patrick Gale, to the festival for a conversation about his bestselling ‘Cornish’ book Notes from an Exhibition – a moving, intuitive novel of artistic compulsion, marriage and secrets left behind.

Celebrated artist Rachel Kelly dies alone in her Penzance studio, after decades of struggling with the creative highs and devastating lows that have coloured her life. Her family gathers, each of them searching for answers. They reflect on lives shaped by the enigmatic Rachel – as artist, wife and mother – and on the ambiguous legacies she leaves them, of talent, torment and transcendent love.

Patrick talks to BBC Radio 3 Breakfast presenter Petroc Trelawny about his book and reads extracts from it. Readers will have the opportunity to take part in discussions with this brilliant author and ask questions about the novel.

Notes from an Exhibition takes its title from the information cards displayed beside works of art in a gallery or museum. Each chapter in the novel begins with a different example, all of them referring Rachel’s art or possessions. We never see examples of her work but it is described in detail and a cumulative effect of the novel is the reader’s sense that they are walking around a retrospective of her art.

As we journey through the story, we encounter a woman Patrick has called ‘my most frightening mother to date’. She’s a genius, a loving wife and parent, a faithful friend but she’s also tormented by bi-polar disorder and driven by an artistic compulsion – often barely distinguishable from her mental illness – to damage all who try to love and protect her.

Read Patrick’s novel in the approach to the festival and join him and Petroc for a fascinating discussion about this uplifting and empathetic book.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 5 Apr 2020 14:30 15:30

Part of The new Paths Music Festival
All Welcome




Beverley Tourist Information


75 Lairgate Beverley,
HU17 8HN



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Map reference: TA 033392  Lat: 53.83945 Long: -0.43034

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Beverley station


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  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality