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Novel Meets Cello: the launch of Martin Goodman’s J SS BACH with live music

March 7, 2019 @ 19:00 - 21:00 GMT

JSS Bach by Martin Goodman
JSS Bach by Martin Goodman

To launch J SS Bach (‘A masterful novel’ – The Morning Star) we present a collaboration in words and cello between Martin Goodman (writer) and Hannah Monkhouse (cellist).

Martin Goodman’s new novel J SS Bach takes music and the Holocaust as its theme, tracking three generations of women from Jewish and Nazi sides of Germany’s 20th-century horror story. Central to the tale is a cellist and composer, snatched from his home in Vienna and transported to Dachau. Soon the young Jew faces an ordeal – under Nazi orders, if he is to survive he must play J S Bach’s cello suites with his eyes shut.

Martin will tell stories behind the makings of the book, alongside short readings.

Cellist Hannah Monkhouse will play one of the most sublime works of the musical canon, J. S. Bach’s first Cello Suite.

J SS Bach looks squarely at the horrors of 20th Century Europe and old divisions that still fester. How do we heal such wounds? How does music fit into such a world?’ – Bonnie Greer. Please join us as we look for answers.

Martin Goodman’s On Bended Knees, shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, heralded a major theme of his writing: the aftermath of wars. J SS Bach combines this theme with another that shapes his life-the intersection of music, words, memory and creativity. In nonfiction his biography of J.S.Haldane, Suffer & Survive, won 1st Prize, Basis of Medicine in the BMA Book Awards. In Client Earth, which won the Jury’s Choice Business Book of the Year Award 2018, told of ecolawyers who fight for the planet. He lives in Hackney and is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull.

Hannah Monkhouse attended Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester before studying at The Royal College of Music. Since graduating Hannah has enjoyed a busy freelancing career as a solo, orchestral and chamber musician. Hannah regularly plays and records with singer songwriters and has played alongside pop-opera crossover artists such as Aled Jones and Blake. Hannah teaches the Cello at The City Academy Homerton and East London Late Starters Orchestra, and is Director of Music at St Barnabas Dalston a new church with a creative focus.


March 7, 2019
19:00 - 21:00 GMT


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