Keeping It Real?

Saturday 16 Jun 2018

12.30 – 13.30

Keeping It Real? The fascination, the challenges and responsibilities of writing about real people


The world is full of fascinating and important stories. But setting real personalities on the page also presents challenges and responsibilities. Readings, discussion and Q&A from Alex Pheby, Shiromi Pinto and Matthew De Abaitua.


Lucia by Alex Pheby is one of the most keenly anticipated novels of 2018. It centres around the tragic life of James Joyce’s daughter Lucia and the things that may have been done to her. Alex’s previous novel Playthings was shortlisted for The Wellcome Prize and described in The New York Times as “marvellously surprising and vivid.”


Shiromi Pinto‘s Plastic Emotions tells the story of Sri Lanka’s first female architect, Minnette de Silva, her relationship with Le Corbusier, and her pioneering work. It will be published by Influx Press in 2019.  Shiromi’s debut, Trussed, published by Serpent’s Tail in 2006, was reviewed as “audacious” in the Independent and “so cool that it hurts” in The Times.


Matthew De Abaitua lived with the writer Will Self between 1994 and 1995 in a cottage in Suffolk, working as an amanuensis. His acclaimed memoir Self And I documents that extraordinary time. Matthew has also written a popular guide to camping, and prize-shortlisted science fiction novels like The Red Men and The Destructives.


Age: 18+


This event will be followed by a book signing.


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