This week’s Cardiff BookTalk is on Dr Jac Saorsa’s Like Any Other Woman an account of a project she undertook with gynaecological cancer patients. A collaboration with the women she met, Saorsa’s approach aimed to document and reveal the lived experience of diagnosis and treatment, … Continue reading Works from the Drawing Women’s Cancer project by Dr Jac Saorsa
Critic and Arthurian enthusiast Xan Brooks comments on the intertextual adventures of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in The Guardian: ‘I like this idea that Gawain is modern, somehow ahead of his time, complicated in a way that the other knights aren’t. It helps … Continue reading ‘It needs to be nightmarish, hallucinogenic and scary’
Wednesday, 19 January 2022 – The author in conversation with Gwyneth Lewis. Cardiff BookTalk is delighted to invite you to our first event of 2022. Like Any Other Woman speaks to the suffering that cancer causes, and to the profound human experience of renegotiating the … Continue reading Jac Saorsa – Like Any Other Woman
The BookTalk team are delighted to share our first event of the semester on YouTube. The BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby presents her novel The Optician of Lampedusa. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a memorable evening!
‘Now Kirby tells their tale at greater length in The Optician of Lampedusa. Though a small book, just 120 pages between its hard sea-blue covers, this is no extended exercise in reportage. Instead, Kirby tells it as a moral tale, following events through the eyes … Continue reading ‘They hear a noise that initially they take for seagulls screaming…’
‘Carmine Menna runs the only optician’s shop on the little island of Lampedusa, off the coast of Sicily. Although he saw the migrants all around him every day and felt pity for them, he did not really see them – he did not want to … Continue reading ‘An optician’s job, after all, is to make people see clearly…’
Tonight’s event on The Facts of Life will feature a short video introduction and Q&A conducted over video link with Paula herself, followed by two speakers who will discuss the formal aspects of the graphic novel and psychological aspects of fertility. Get your tickets on Eventbrite now!
The third and final part of Paula Knight’s guest piece, originally written for Forbidden Planet International in December 2017. Parts I and II are also available. I’m interested in the natural world and how human beings think they are somehow apart from nature when, in … Continue reading Paula Knight on The Facts of Life, Part III
Our February event on The Facts of Life will feature a short video introduction and Q&A conducted over video link with Paula herself, followed by two speakers who will discuss the formal aspects of the graphic novel and psychological aspects of fertility. Get your tickets on Eventbrite now!
The second part of Paula Knight’s Director’s Commentary on The Facts of Life, originally written for Forbidden Planet International in December 2017.