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The Creation of a Female Writer

Tracy Chevalier, Ayelet Gundar-Goshan, Fay Weldon

Chair: Sam Leith

10/03/2019 6:30 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

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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

Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier grew up in the US and moved to the UK aged 22. Her second novel, Girl with a Pearl Earring, was an international bestseller and won the Barnes and Noble Discover award. She has written eight novels.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen
Image by Nir Kafri

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen is an award winning novelist, and a clinical psychologist based in Israel. Her novels are translated into 14 languages. She’s an occasional correspondent to the BBC, TIME magazine and Israeli media.

Fay Weldon
Image by Sebastian Willnow

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.