Lara Feigel in conversation with Rachel Holmes
In Free Woman, historian and academic Lara Feigel conjures a very different kind of memoir. Re-reading The Golden Notebook, Feigel discovered that Lessing spoke to her as a woman, a writer and a mother and was intrigued by her vision of freedom, whilst at the same time veering between admiration and fury at the choices Lessing made.
Lara Feigel, Kamila Shamsie and Heidi Sopinka
Prize-winning author Kamila Shamsie called for a year of publishing women; academic and writer Lara Feigel devoted herself to the study of Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing; and novelist Heidi Sopinka created a work of art based on the life and times of surrealist Leonora Carrington. Together they discuss how female artists find a space to create, and the obstacles they have to face.
Suzanne Campbell-Jones and Lara Feigel
In The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich, Lara Feigel tells the stories of the artists who rebuilt Germany’s cultural identity after WW2. Suzanne Campbell-Jones remembers her father in No Ordinary Pilot: One Young Man’s Extraordinary Exploits in World War Two and his secret life as a fighter pilot and POW. The authors will discuss war writing and the moving stories of human endeavour they uncovered.
Rachel Cusk, Lara Feigel and Sheila Heti
The White Review is delighted to present a discussion on ‘writing motherhood’, featuring three writers whose works – of fiction and memoir, and blurring the boundaries between them – address the complications, pleasures and ambivalences of motherhood in surprising, provocative and powerful ways.