Is literature always political? Does the writer have more political responsibility than other citizens, or less? What was the role of Irish literature in creating a national identity, and what is it now, in the age of Brexit? Here two of Ireland’s finest writers, the novelist John Banville and the journalist and critic Fintan O’Toole, … Continue reading Literature and Politics: John Banville and Fintan O’Toole in conversation with Lara Feigel
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.
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 … Continue reading War Writing at Bath Festival
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 … Continue reading F-Rated Reading Women at Bath Literary Festival
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 … Continue reading Free Woman at Daunt Books, Marylebone
Is melancholy, as Freud thought, an indulgent, unproductive form of mourning? Or can it be a form of sadness that is ultimately uplifting for the consciousness it brings of life and its more startling possibilities? Here John Banville and Brian Dillon, both melancholic writers with an interest in W.G. Sebald, will use the Melancholia: a Sebald Variation exhibition as a springboard … Continue reading John Banville and Brian Dillon in conversation with Lara Feigel
I’ll be in conversation with artist Dexter Dalwood and writer Eimear McBride about creative experimentation. How important or possible is it for the contemporary artist or writer to keep breaking formal boundaries and is this compatible with being popular? What does popularity mean, now, in the art world and the literary world? How can we … Continue reading Making it New Again: Ivan Juritz Prize 2016