Bodies of Water

Bodies of Water

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
26 Nov 2021
  • Special Events

Hear all about the power of water in literature from authors Sophie Mackintosh and Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and about their water-themed novels.

18:30 | General tickets £10, concessions & Foundling Friends £8

Soothing and sinister, healing and hindering, mystical, terrible and majestic: water has taken many forms in literature. From swashbuckling adventures on the high seas to eerie examinations of what lies beneath, writers and readers alike have long been drawn to it. Join us as authors Sophie Mackintosh and Kiran Millwood Hargrave talk to Zosha Nash about their novels The Water Cure and The Mercies, the power of water in literature, and how it can both comfort and confine.

Both authors will be signing copies of their books after the panel. Please be aware the event and the signing will be subject to social distancing.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave (b.1990) is an award-winning poet, playwright, and novelist. The Mercies was her first novel for adults, and became an instant Sunday Times bestseller. It won a Betty Trask Award, was longlisted for the Jhalak Prize and was named amongst the NYT 100 Most Notable Books of 2020. Her bestselling works for children include The Girl of Ink & Stars and have won or been short and long-listed for numerous awards including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year, Costa Children’s Book Award, the Blue Peter Best Story Award and, twice, the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Kiran lives in Oxford with her husband, the artist Tom de Freston, and their rescue cats, Luna and Marly.

Sophie Mackintosh is the author of The Water Cure, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018 and won a Betty Trask Award 2019. She has also won the White Review Short Story Prize and the Virago/Stylist Short Story Competition, and has been published in Granta, The White Review and TANK magazine among others. Her second novel, Blue Ticket, published in summer 2020.

Zosha Nash has reviewed books at Shelf Obsessed in her spare time since 2015. She is an avid reader of literary and translated fiction; she is on an advisory committee for the Royal Society of Literature and is former Head of Development at the Foundling Museum.