The Creation of a Female Writer
Tracy Chevalier, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, Fay Weldon
Chair: Sam Leith
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Is the novel an inherently feminine form? And is it a distinctive thing to be a female novelist or is that in itself a misogynistic idea? Focusing on the writing that best illustrates their careers, Tracy Chevalier, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen and Fay Weldon — with literary critic and token male Sam Leith — explore these and other questions such as: where do the voices in their fiction come from, and what does it give them (and take away)? Do they feel connected to fellow female novelists, living and dead?
In Association with the New Israel Fund
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is an Israeli psychologist, author and script writer. Her film scripts have won prizes at international festivals, including the Berlin Today Award and the New York City Short Film Festival Award. One Night Markovitch, her first novel, won the prestigious Sapir Prize for best debut.Fay Weldon
Fay Weldon CBE FRSL is an award winning author, essayist and playwright. She was honoured for services to literature and is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.Sam Leith
Sam Leith is literary editor at The Spectator and a columnist at The Financial Times and Prospect. His work appears in The Guardian, The Times and the TLS among others.