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TripFiction’s first movie!

29th September 2019

Well, TripFiction’s first movie is ‘in the can‘, as they say.

We were inspired by Carolyn Kirby‘s debut novel ‘The Conviction of Cora Burns‘ from the moment we turned the first page.

To believe in her future, she must uncover her past…

And when TF’s Andrew went #OnLiteraryLocation to Birmingham on a freezing day in January, following in the footsteps of Cora Burns on the canal towpath and by the Victorian prison and lunatic asylum, the movie die was cast.

Author Carolyn and Andrew went location scouting in Birmingham in May, and the Great Escapations production team, led by film-maker Mark Melling, shot the raw film footage with Carolyn over a few days in July. The full chronology of the first TripFiction film is set out in this earlier article. And – drum roll, please – we’re delighted to bring the final edited film to TripFiction’s book-loving audience now.

On Location with author Carolyn Kirby – Victorian era BIRMINGHAM from TripFiction on Vimeo.

Carolyn is talking about the book and about Victorian Birmingham at the Birmingham Literary Festival in October, and we’re hoping that the film will even be embedded on the Festival’s own website. Wouldn’t that be good!

TripFiction exists to bring you great books with a strong sense of place. It might be a novel, a memoir or a travelogue, but each one will transport you to the destination you’re interested in, whether that’s ahead of a trip you’re planning, while you’re already there, or just to pique your literary curiosity, from the comfort of your favourite reading place on a dark winter’s night.

We hope this film only increases your interest in escaping with Cora Burns to Birmingham in the late 19th century…

Which books would you like to be given the TripFiction promotional film treatment? What have you enjoyed reading recently, which has a strong sense of place and which you think would benefit from being brought to life on a screen? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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  1. User: Sara Hill

    Posted on: 01/10/2019 at 11:32 am

    I loved Will Dean and met him at a Waterstones event so I would love you/him to bring his “Red Snow” to life, or maybe the follow on which I believe he is writing now in his little wooden house in a Swedish elk forest. He speaks very well and I have just watched on of his videos .


  2. User: Loretta McDonald

    Posted on: 29/09/2019 at 9:43 pm

    Definitely the Conviction of Cora Burns..great novel..


  3. User: Janine Phillips

    Posted on: 29/09/2019 at 9:37 am

    wow, really interesting, especially after reading the book, makes it more ‘real’.


Hurry, hurry! Our 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition entries close on 15th November...

750 - 3000 words with strong 'sense of place' theme

Short story, travelogue, or memoir

Top judges to decide the winners

Cash prizes totalling £500 / $600 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 15th November 2020