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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Wed 13th Mar 2013
The Bush Theatre
Deborah Levy trained at Dartington College of Arts leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their "intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination", including Pax and Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare, Deborah's early novels, Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and The Unloved have just been reprinted by Penguin. Her new acclaimed autobiographical essay, Things I Don't Want to Know, a response to Orwell's essay, Why I Write, was described by The Guardian as "original, unmissable, like chancing upon an oasis. The writing is of such quality that you want to drink it slowly." It is now out in paperback, also published by Penguin. In 2012 Deborah was nominated for the Booker Prize for her novel Swimming Home. She has always written across a number of art forms, theatre, performance, visual art and was AHRB Fellow at the Royal College of Art from 2006-9.
Lavinia Greenlaw's poetry includes Minsk and The Casual Perfect. She has also published two novels and two works of non-fiction: The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. She was awarded a NESTA fellowship in order to pursue her interest in vision, travel and perception, and has held residencies at the Science Museum and the Royal Society of Medicine. Her work for radio includes documentaries about the Arctic, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop. She spent her teenage years in Essex, and now lives in London and Suffolk. She is professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
Harry Mount is a journalist and author. His books include My Brief Career, an account of his pupillage at a barristers' chambers and Amo, Amas, Amat ... and All That - a best-selling popular reference on the Latin language whose title harks back to Sellar and Yeatman's 1066 and All That. The book introduced the basics of Latin grammar and combined his own personal memories, Latin references in popular culture, and stories about ancient Rome and was published in the United States as Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life. He also wrote A Lust for Window Sills, which was a popular guide to British architecture. How England Made the English - from Hedgerows to Heathrow, a book about the English character and landscape was published in May 2012.
Frances Wilson is the author of Literary Seductions, which was praised by Alain de Botton as 'psychologically rich and wise', and The Courtesan's Revenge, which was described as "a wonderful biography ... Witty and sharp' by Jane Ridley in the Spectator. She lives in London with her daughter.
Christian Lorentzen is an editor at the London Review of Books. He formerly worked at the New York Observer and Harper's Magazine. He is a frequent contributor to N + 1 Magazine.