‘Narrative truth: is that different from any other kind of truth? I mean the question seriously, because it relates to the idea of authenticity. ‘James Wood, who is a superb critic, has made the distinction between a reliably unreliable narrator and an unreliably unreliable narrator, … Continue reading ‘You too are a temporary resident, if you think about it.’
…and this year has forced us to do just that. Back in March, we honestly weren’t sure whether Cardiff BookTalk would be able continue, so it’s with some pride that we take this opportunity to share some feedback from our first two digital events – … Continue reading ‘You’ve been such a lovely audience, we’d like to take you home with us…’
Here at BookTalk we are very much looking forward to our second ever online event, which discusses Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma is a text full of surprises. Today on the Blog, Dr Lyn Dawes introduces us to a crucial moment in the novel. In Chapter … Continue reading Donwell: ‘It was just what it ought to be, and looked what it was’.
Shirley Jackson’s biographer, Ruth Franklin, discusses the unexpected and complex ways in which the author’s experiences of motherhood fed into her writing. ‘Jackson had always had an imaginative, even magical mind, filled with witchcraft lore, myths, and fantasies of her own devising. Hyman, ever a … Continue reading ‘All the time that I am making beds and doing dishes and driving to town for dancing shoes, I am telling myself stories,’
The Lottery is perhaps Shirley Jackson’s most famous work. A small town gathers one morning to perform its annual lottery, but who will be chosen and for what? This bold and unsettling short story first appeared in The New Yorker where its journalistic, matter-of-fact tone … Continue reading Shirley Jackson reads The Lottery
Shirley Jackson is the subject of a new film, Shirley, out this month and available to rent from Curzon Home Cinema. It is reviewed by our guest blogger, Cardiff University’s Robert Lloyd. Author of a doctoral thesis on Shirley Jackson, Robert will be joining us … Continue reading Film in Focus: Shirley (Dir. Josephine Decker, 2020)
Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 and we are thrilled to be welcoming Dr. Merve Emre to speak about her new book, What’s Your Type? Over the course of the evening, we will unpack questions around why personality tests are so popular and what their ongoing appeal says about humanity’s desire to define and label themselves. Dr. Emre will also be answering questions and signing books.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
In mid 2018, Jessica Gross visited Merve Emre in New Haven and interviewed her for Longreads.com. They discussed the MBTI and their own personal history of friendship, leading to the question, if the MBTI is predicated on the understanding that a person’s personality type never changes, how does one account for personal evolution?
Dr. Merve Emre discusses the origins, evolution, and ongoing importance of the world’s most used personality test with Nam Kiwanuka on The Agenda with Steve Paikin. This interview was published online on 12th Nov. 2018. Our next event takes place on the 3rd June 2019 … Continue reading Type-Casting Humanity
I thoroughly enjoyed this second novel – novella, really – by a founder of Wales Arts Review. With shades of The Talented Mr Ripley, it’s a dark, fast-paced literary thriller which centres on the fate of artist Francis Benthem who ostensibly created an enviable new life for himself, painting in Cyprus. But when he’s found dead, his former protégé, visiting the island to attend his funeral, gets himself thoroughly mixed up in its underworld after meeting a mysterious Russian benefactor, and caught up in the mystery of what happened to the Golden Orphans.
This review appeared in ‘Previewer’s Picks’ in The Bookseller Magazine in 2018 and gives an exciting taster of what could be expected in Raymond’s at that point still-anticipated thriller.
Our next event takes place on the 11th February 2019 and will be an exploration of the literary thriller genre. Cardiff author Gary Raymond will be in residence to discuss his new book, The Golden Orphans, alongside speakers Dr. Fiona Peters and Dr. Hannah Hamad.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite.