Kate Brown – Monday Salon


Join us for a late-September Salon at The Circus with Kate Brown. Kate is a longstanding friend of The Reader and popular tutor (The Novel, Historical Fiction, Flash Fiction) and we can’t wait to hear all about her debut novel, The Women of Versailles.

I am not usually drawn into ‘historical’ fiction, with the exception of novels such as The Essex Serpent where the past sets the stage for human issues that are still pertinent today. The Women of Versailles has certainly pulled that off. With black humour reminiscent of Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety, the exploration of a teenage girl’s sexuality would be just as relevant in a contemporary setting.’ Claire King

Kate Brown is a writer and film-maker. Her first novel ‘The Women of Versailles’, set during the reign of Louis XV, was published by Seren Books in May 2017. Her story ‘Making Fists’ won third prize in the Bristol Short Story Prize 2016. Other short fiction has been published widely and short-listed for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Asham Award among others. Kate is a graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School, her films have been shown at festivals and on television worldwide.


In The Women of Versailles, the narrative slips between the decadent world of Versailles during the reign of Louis XV and the day, just before the French revolution in 1789, that Versailles is stormed by the women of Paris and Louis XVI is forced to move the court to the Tuileries. At the centre of this story is Adélaïde, who struggles with her budding sexuality and a desire for freedom of expression, both of which conflict with the expectations of the restrictive court.

Please come at 7pm sharp! You’ll find us here:
Cellar bar and library
Circus Hostel
Weinbergsweg 1A,
10119 Berlin

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Any questions, please feel free to contact hello@thereaderberlin.com.

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