Four talented authors discuss writing about WWI from a female perspective. Charlotte Gray will moderate.
This event is part of 2014’s Festival focus, Remembering the Story: IFOA@35 Remembers the Great War, a programme featuring works that explore the societal changes in Canada and across the world around WWI.
Anna Hope studied English at Oxford, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and then received an MA in creative writing at Birkbeck. She lives in London. Hope presents her debut novel, Wake, which tells the story of three very different women who try to find ways to live again after devastating losses endured during WWI.
Kate Pullinger is the author of 10 novels, including The Mistress of Nothing, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Her prize-winning digital fiction projects Inanimate Alice and Flight Paths: A Networked Novel have reached audiences around the world. Born in Cranbrook, BC, she is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media at Bath Spa University. Pullinger presents Landing Gear, a highly imaginative story of colliding worlds and extraordinary connections, as well as Letter to an Unknown Soldier, a digital war memorial commissioned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI.
Johanna Skibsrud is the award-winning author of two collections of poetry and one short story collection, This Will Be Difficult to Explain and Other Stories. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Skibsrud presents her latest novel, Quartet for the End of Time. Set in 1932, it is a profound mediation on human nature that follows embittered WWI veterans who march on Washington to demand their wartime bonus.