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Goldsmiths Writers Centre

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Highly regarded writers read from their work and discuss creative writing as part of the inauguration of the Goldsmiths Writing Centre and the Goldsmiths Prize for literature.

Podcasts in this series

'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing' - Reading and Discussion

Eimear McBride

Eimear McBride's debut tells, with astonishing insight and in brutal detail, the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.

Mon, 17 Mar 14 0

'The Big Music' - Reading and Discussion

Kirsty Gunn

Kirsty Gunn is the author of seven works of fiction including a collection of short stories and a compendium of poetry, essays and fragments, and is published in the UK by Faber and in over twelve countries and languages throughout the world. Her most recent book is The Big Music, published in 2012 to great critical acclaim and out in paperback in 2013. It was listed for the James Tait Black and Impac awards and was the winner of The New Zealand Book of the Year 2013. The boy and the sea was winner of the 2007 Sundial Scottish Book of the Year and her previous work Featherstone was a New York Times Notable Book and a recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Bursary for Literature. She has a Chair in Creative Writing at the University of Dundee where she created and directs the programme of Writing Study and Practice. Her new collection of short stories Infidelities is to be published by Faber later this year.

Mon, 17 Mar 14 0

Reflections on the art of fiction

Gabriel Josipovici, Josh Cohen

Gabriel's work has been translated into the major European languages and into Arabic. He is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Sussex, and a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the author of 18 novels, including Goldberg: Variations (2001) and Everything Passes (2006). His last novel, Infinity: The Story of a Moment, appeared in May 2012. He is one of the judges of the Goldsmiths Prize 2013.

Tue, 11 Jun 13 2

James Kelman: Short stories

James Kelman, Jonathan Derbyshire

To launch the new Goldsmiths Prize for literature, Booker Prize-winning novelist James Kelman reads from his new novel 'Mo said she was quirky', and reflects on the art of fiction. In conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, Culture Editor of the New Statesman. In this first installment, James reads from his short stories. Contains explicit language.

Wed, 23 Jan 13 0

James Kelman: Mo Said She Was Quirky

Jonathan Derbyshire, James Kelman

To launch the new Goldsmiths Prize for literature, Booker Prize-winning novelist James Kelman reads from his new novel Mo said she was quirky, and reflects on the art of fiction. In conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, Culture Editor of the New Statesman. In this second installment, James reads from his latest novel; Mo Said She Was Quirky. Contains explicit language.

Wed, 23 Jan 13 0