‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

‘…Woolf saw that a subjective perspective was required to make sense of how death continues to inflect the mood of a generation. Mourning, as Sigmund Freud also realised at a similar point, is ongoing, illusory work. What is remarkable about her writing is that Woolf … Continue reading ‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

Picture of the author Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light 

12 May, 7:30pm (please note later start time)  Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cardiff-booktalk-hilary-mantel-registration-125345332263   ‘This book has been the greatest challenge of my writing life, and the most rewarding; I hope and trust my readers will find it has been worth the wait.’ – Hilary Mantel  The … Continue reading Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light 

‘A certain smoothness in day to day living. But never laughter’ – Josh Powell on Ann Quin

Josh Powell from Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy will be joining us to discuss Ann Quin’s Passages. Writing about Quin for the journal Textual Practice, Powell notes her interest in psychoanalytic theories, particularly the object relations theory of Melanie Klein.  The article, … Continue reading ‘A certain smoothness in day to day living. But never laughter’ – Josh Powell on Ann Quin

‘…the question is not only what madness might mean, but what it does.’ – Nonia Williams on Ann Quin

Guest host Nonia Williams from the University of East Anglia will be leading our discussion of Ann Quin this week and has written about Quin’s work in an article entitled About/of madness: Ann Quin’s The Unmapped Country for the journal Textual Practice. Throughout her life, … Continue reading ‘…the question is not only what madness might mean, but what it does.’ – Nonia Williams on Ann Quin