By Sarah Glazer Vesna’s satirical novel Gorsky is about a Russian oligarch who builds a mansion on the Thames. The book, which openly uses the Great Gatsby as its model, deals with themes of power, money, love and London real estate. Vesna is a Serbian writer and poet who teaches writing and literature at Kingston […]
By Jenny McPhee A salon with a World War I theme–two salon members and historical novelists, Kate Williams and Clare Clark in conversation with Nicola Beauman of Persephone Books, which has published novels written at the time. Kate’s new novel is called The Storms of War and Clare’s is entitled We That Are Left. The […]
Three poets discuss the value and practice of interweaving two distinct cultures. Speakers: Ruth Padel and Lavinia Greenlaw in conversation with Emily Grosholz Ruth Padel is a poet, novelist and conservationist, who has explored natural science subjects in poetry and prose. Her poetry-prose book The Mara Crossing asks why do animal species migrate–and why do […]
by Jenny McPhee Turkish novelist Elif Shafak will present her new novel The Architect’s Apprentice centered around Sinan (1490-1588), architect to the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman in Constantinople, and Canadian novelist Alix Christie will present her first novel, Gutenberg’s Apprentice, recounting the story of the making of Gutenberg’s Bible.
by Jenny McPhee Rachel Holmes, a cultural historian and biographer, will be in conversation with Kamila Shamsie, discussing her new book, Eleanor Marx: A Life, a biography of the feminist daughter of Karl Marx. Eleanor Marx was the first woman to lead the British dockworkers’ union and the first to translate Madam Bovary into English, […]