Neil Gaiman LIVE – preview

June 2, 2014, Article by Tom in Books

Neil Gaiman reading his award-winning novelette aloud?
With illustrations by Eddie Campbell?
AND music from FourPlay String Quartet?

Who could say no to that?

We’re huge Neil Gaiman fans here at MWSAB (although try and find someone who didn’t love THE OCEAN AT THE END OF LANE, we challenge you), and there’s an event coming up that might just blow our tiny minds. On the 4th and 5th of July, Neil is bringing his latest book, THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS, to the Barbican in London.

THE TRUTH IS A CAVE… is a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure, and is fully-illustrated by the legendary artist Eddie Campbell. It’s a beautiful thing indeed. Even better, once you’ve read the book you can see it performed live. In a revolutionary new concept of synchronised multimedia storytelling, Neil will read his story aloud, alongside Eddie’s illustrations, and the whole performance will be soundtracked by the FourPlay String Quartet, who have created a brand new underscore to the story.

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This promises to be an absolutely incredible event. If you’re a fan of any of Neil’s previous work, whether that’s one of amazing novels, such as AMERICAN GODS or NEVERWHERE, his TV writing for Doctor Who, or the film adaptations of his work, such as Coraline or Stardust, then you don’t want to miss these shows. The performance kicks off at 7.30pm on both the Friday and Saturday night, and you can bag yourself a ticket here.

If you can’t make it, don’t forget that Headline will be publishing the four-colour, enhanced edition of THE TRUTH IS A CAVE…, beautifully illustrated by Eddie Campbell, on the 17th June.


And, if you don’t already, you can always follow Neil on Twitter: @neilhimself

(Author photo © Kimberly Butler)