Talks from an Empty Bookshop: Michèle Roberts and Helen Cullen

10th September 2020 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Talks from an Empty Bookshop: Michèle Roberts and Helen Cullen

Join us for a discussion with authors Michèle Roberts & Helen Cullen on their new books ‘Negative Capability’ & ‘The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually’.

Negative Capability: A Diary of Surviving

Following a series of devastating rejections, Michèle Roberts began keeping an account of her life in the hope it might help mend her shattered sense of self. In this intimate and wryly honest journal she reflects on cities and countryside, loss and love, food, friendships, sisterhood, pleasure and memories, her abiding relationship with France and with literature. Over the course of a year a new pattern of being develops, until, finally, she finds a better relationship between inner and outer worlds.

‘A wonderful writer: one in possession of immense feeling.’ -Rachel Cooke, The Observer

The Truth Must Dazzle Gradually: A Beautiful and Poignant Irish Love Story

On an island off the west coast of Ireland, the Moone family are shattered by tragedy. Murtagh Moone is a potter and devoted husband to Maeve, an actor struggling with her most challenging role yet – being a mother to their four children. Now Murtagh must hold his family close as we bear witness to their story before that tragic night. We return to the day Maeve and Murtagh meet, outside Trinity College in Dublin, and watch how one love story gives rise to another. And as the Moone children learn who their parents truly are, we journey onwards with them to a future that none of the Moones could predict . . . Except perhaps Maeve herself.

‘I devoured this, falling in love with the setting and with every character. It is just glorious. A close-up on the everyday beautiful details that make up love’ Emma Flint, author of Little Deaths.

Hosted by Karen McLeod.