Tuesday, February 22, 2011
A.S. Byatt, Bidisha & Philip Hensher
From the publication of Under the Net in 1954 until she was overtaken by Alzheimer’s in the mid 1990s, the philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch wrote prolifically, establishing herself as one of the great British fiction writers of the twentieth century. Her novels, which include The Bell, The Black Prince (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize)and The Sea, The Sea (winner of the Booker Prize), explore with dark humour and close attention individuals' inner lives and outer confusions, combining gripping if often fantastical narrative with reflections on questions of good and evil, religious belief, morality and the power of the unconscious.
Novelists A.S. Byatt, Bidisha and Philip Hensher, all of them powerfully influenced by Iris Murdoch, reconsider her standing as a writer.
Chaired by Anne Chisholm
Venue: Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
This event is free for Fellows and Members of the RSL, who can book online at http://www.rslit.org/, or call us on 020 7845 4676.
There is a limited number of tickets for members of the public at all RSL events, available on the door, from 6pm, on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are £8 (£5 concessions).