Preview: Neil Gaiman, Usher Hall

Neil Gaiman. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
Neil Gaiman. Pic: Phil Wilkinson
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AN event that is being hailed “a revolutionary new concept of synchronised multi-media storytelling,” brings cult comic book writer and novelist Neil Gaiman back to the Capital on Sunday.

Gaiman will read aloud his story The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains at the Usher Hall. Illustrated by the renowned artist Eddie Campbell, best-known for illustrating Alan Moore’s From Hell, the reading will be accompanied by the FourPlay String Quartet, who have composed an underscore for the piece, which they play live. Finally, Hayley Campbell, author of The Art of Neil Gaiman, will interview the man himself and members of FourPlay.

Gaiman, is a bestselling author of novels for children and adults, including The Graveyard Book, the only title ever to win both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals.

His DC Comic series, Sandman, was described by the LA Times as ‘the greatest epic in the history of comic books’ and his work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust directed by Matthew Vaughan and the animated feature Coraline.

He has also written two Doctor Who adventures for the BBC.

One of only five performances, the others being at New York’s Carnegie Hall, The Warfield in San Francisco, and two shows at London’s Barbican, the Usher Hall reading of The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains will bring the series to a close.

Created for Sydney’s Graphic Festival, it is a haunting tale of adventure, revenge and treasure. Copies of the book will be on sale after the event.

Neil Gaiman: The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains, Usher Hall, Lothian Road, Sunday, 7.30pm, £25, 0131-228 1155