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Book launch: Tony White’s Dicky Star and the Garden Rule

& Forma

Thu 26 Apr 2012, 6:30pm

Free Word Lecture Theatre

Photo of author Tony White reading from his book

Photo by Hilary Jackson

Forma invite you to a launch event to celebrate the publication of a specially commissioned work of fiction by Tony White, author of the critically acclaimed novel Foxy-T (Faber and Faber). Dicky Star and the garden rule follows young couple Laura Morris and her boyfriend Jeremy through the turbulent days at the end of April 1986 when the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the former Soviet Union.

Dicky Star and the garden rule is published to accompany Atomgrad (Nature Abhors a Vacuum) by artists Jane and Louise Wilson, a series of works commissioned by Forma to reflect on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Novelist Tony White reveals Jeremy and Laura's story in vivid daily chapters that follow the disaster's impact in the UK, but are also each determined by their own quixotic puzzle: each daily chapter must be told using all of the answers to the Guardian Quick Crossword from that day in 1986.

Tony White will read excerpts from the book and be joined in conversation with writer and broadcaster Ken Hollings. Followed by a drinks reception.

RSVP essential. Please email Divya Thaker on dt@forma.org.uk or 020 7456 7820.