Ruth Padel: Writing Nature in Poetry and Prose

Reading excerpts from her prose and poetry, including some unpublished verse, award-winning poet Padel discussed how she translates her passion for conservation and science into both forms of writing. Ruth Padel is an award-winning poet, critic and novelist who has been acclaimed for her nature writing in multiple genres. She is currently Writer in Residence […]

Lyndall Gordon: Emily Dickinson and her Family’s Feuds

Eminent literary biographer Gordon discussed her latest biography: Lives like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family’s Feuds. Lyndall Gordon is the biographer of Charlotte Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Mary Wollstonecraft and T.S. Eliot. She is also the author of A Private Life of Henry James: Two Women and His Art and a memoir about childhood […]

Carole Angier & Sally Cline: The Arvon Book of Life Writing

At our very first Salon, Angier and Cline discussed their forthcoming book, which is based on a week-long residential writing workshop they teach, and posed some challenging questions about where the author’s loyalty should lie when writing about themselves and others. Carole Angier is the biographer of Jean Rhys and Primo Levi. She teaches life […]