The Enlightenment of Lily Briscoe – Jac Saorsa

It was the summer of 1910. Wispy cirrus clouds skittered nervously across a pale sky as Lily Briscoe, brush in hand, stood before her easel at the edge of the lawn in front of the Ramsay’s house. From where she was standing she had a clear view of the sea and the rocky coastline of the Isle of Skye, and then, at some distance from the shore and standing out starkly in the soft summer light, the lighthouse, a tall, solitary pharos on a rock barely the size of a tennis court. But her canvas was empty…

‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

‘…Woolf saw that a subjective perspective was required to make sense of how death continues to inflect the mood of a generation. Mourning, as Sigmund Freud also realised at a similar point, is ongoing, illusory work. What is remarkable about her writing is that Woolf … Continue reading ‘We cease to be soldiers in the army of the upright; we become deserters’

Picture of the author Hilary Mantel

Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light 

12 May, 7:30pm (please note later start time)  Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cardiff-booktalk-hilary-mantel-registration-125345332263   ‘This book has been the greatest challenge of my writing life, and the most rewarding; I hope and trust my readers will find it has been worth the wait.’ – Hilary Mantel  The … Continue reading Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light