‘… So for example, the Yeats poem “The Second Coming” [that’s the one that starts: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre/ The falcon cannot hear the falconer”]. That’s a canonical poem. He wrote it in 1919, and it has been read, quite rightly, as … Continue reading ‘The blood-dimmed tide is loosed’
In this clip, Krishnan Guru-Murthy interviews Hilary Mantel in the wake of her 2012 Booker Prize win for Bringing Up the Bodies. She discusses whether her handling of Thomas Cromwell is too sympathetic and considers the differences between the first two volumes of the trilogy. … Continue reading Hilary Mantel – interview with Channel 4 News
‘We all have this duality, but perhaps us writers most of all. An outer and an inner life. A persona, and a self. And writing has to originate from the self, the depths, not the surface-persona – if we want to write what matters to … Continue reading ‘I wandered the streets, both aimless and purposeful’
Get to know Octavia E. Butler before this week’s BookTalk, where we will cover her classic novel Kindred. In this wide-ranging interview from The Charlie Rose Show (‘…the nightly PBS program that engages America’s best thinkers‘) she discusses her (then) new book Parable of the … Continue reading ‘It’s about sending my mind off to some place it hasn’t been before.’
‘Kindred was kind of draining and depressing, especially the research for writing it. I now have a talk that begins with the question, ‘How long does it take to write a novel?’ and the answer is, as long as you’ve lived up to the time … Continue reading ‘How long does it take to write a novel?’
More from author Susan M. Gaines in advance of her appearance at Cardiff BookTalk on 17 February – here she shares a few thoughts on one of the unintended consequences of writing a novel where the real protagonists are non-human. ‘We don’t have to read … Continue reading All the Birds in Accidentals
A Nandu, an Uruguayan flightless bird like an Ostrich, stalks through grassland.
The BookTalk team are delighted to present the full talk and Q+A we hosted with Richard Gwyn. The author discusses his latest novel The Blue Tent with Christie Collins, before Colin Bond fields probing questions from our audience. We cover magic, Jorge Luis Borges, dreams, … Continue reading Richard Gwyn’s The Blue Tent – Full talk and Q+A
‘Narrative truth: is that different from any other kind of truth? I mean the question seriously, because it relates to the idea of authenticity. ‘James Wood, who is a superb critic, has made the distinction between a reliably unreliable narrator and an unreliably unreliable narrator, … Continue reading ‘You too are a temporary resident, if you think about it.’
Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 and we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Merve Emre to speak about her new book, What’s Your Type? Over the course of the evening, we will unpack questions around why personality tests are so popular and what their ongoing appeal says about humanity’s desire to define and label themselves. Dr. Emre will also be answering questions and signing books.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.