Into the Dark: What darkness is and why it matters with Jacqueline Yallop

in conversation with Jon Gower

Date:  Saturday 8th June 2024

Venue:  Montgomery Town Hall

Time:  2.30-3.15pm

Tickets:  £9.00

Can you remember the first time you encountered true darkness, the kind that remains black and inky whether your eyes are open or closed?

Jacqueline Yallop can, and ever since she has been fascinated by the dark, by our efforts to capture or avoid it, by the meanings we give to it and the way our brains process it. The result is her latest book, Into the Dark.

In conversation with Jon Gower, Jacqueline will take us on a journey into the dark secrets of place, body and mind, exploring both the physical realities of darkness and the psychological dark that helps shape us. It promises to be a brilliant insight into our ever-changing love-hate relationship with darkness and why, in all its guises and mysteries, it continues to fascinate and assail us.

Jacqueline Yallop is an award-winning author of fiction and creative non-fiction. Her latest book, Into the Dark, looks at darkness in all its forms. Her novel, Obedience was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and Big Pig Little Pig a memoir, was Radio 4 Book of the Week. Her work has been translated into several languages. She currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Aberystwyth, where she is based.

Jon Gower has over forty books to his name, in Welsh and English, including 2023’s The Turning Tide: A Biography of the Irish Sea, and Y Diwedd, which completes his Welsh language crime trilogy, published in 2022. He is also the author of The Story of Wales which accompanied the landmark BBC series, An Island Called Smith which gained the John Morgan Travel Writing Award, and Y Storïwr which won the Wales Book of the Year award.  He is a former BBC Wales arts and media correspondent and was for many years the presenter of Radio Wales’ arts’ programme First Hand.