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Goldsmiths Writers' Centre presents... Autofiction: Who do you think you're kidding?
Speaker: Jarred McGinnis
The Coward follows a young man who wakes up after a car accident, only to realise he’s never going to walk again. Looking like a ‘giant roller-skate’ with neither money nor job, he’s forced to move in with the father he hasn’t spoken to in ten years. It soon becomes obvious that the wheelchair is the least of his problems as he looks back over his past – the tragedy that blasted his family apart, why he ran away, the damage he’s caused himself and others – and starts to wonder whether, maybe, things don’t always have to stay broken after all. The Coward is about hurt and forgiveness. And it’s about how we write and rewrite the stories we tell ourselves about our lives – and try to find a happy ending.
Drawing on Jarred’s own experiences, this is a moving and intimate novel about disability, but also about masculinity and family, described by Irvine Welsh as “a testament to the way people can, in spite of everything, reforge shattered emotional bonds and repair seemingly doomed relationships. You won't find a more uplifting read in these dark times”.
Jarred will discuss fiction, auto-fiction and memoir and the way in which he navigated those boundaries — as well as his other work, producing live literature experiences such as his terrific project, Moby-Dick Unabridged, a four-day immersive multimedia reading of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick at the Southbank Centre, involving hundreds of participants.
Chaired by Erica Wagner
Dates & times
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|6 Oct 2021||5:00pm - 6:00pm|
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