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What are you born with, what do you inherit, is nature or nurture the key?

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From the Brontës to the Brothers Grimm, the Rosettis to Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, there is a long tradition of writing families with remarkable creative talents. More recently there’s Kingsley and Martin Amis, Kazuo Ishiguro and his acclaimed daughter Naomi, and the multi-talented Theroux family – and then we learned that Bernardine Evaristo’s husband, David Shannon, had been secretly writing his own novel and Zadie Smith’s mother Yvonne Bailey-Smith emerged with her own.

So is the creative gene inherited or can it be learned? Can we answer the question of nature or nurture by looking at the lives of writers?

In the first of an occasional series, partnering with Rathbones Folio Prize, we will be interrogating this question with mother-and-daughter authors Deborah Moggach and Lottie Moggach. The event will be chaired by Lucy Hughes-Hallett, herself the daughter of a writer, and mother of another.

Deborah Moggach OBE, has written twenty novels, including Tulip Fever, These Foolish Things (which inspired the best-selling novel and box-office film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and The Carer. She is also an award-winning screenwriter. Her most recent novel The Black Dress was published in July.

Lottie Moggach is the author of Kiss Me First, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and became a six part Channel 4 series; Under the Sun, and Brixton Hill which was serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime.

Lucy Hughes-Hallett is a biographer, cultural historian and novelist. She has won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize and the Costa Biography of the Year Award. Her book on Gabriele d’Annunzio was described in The Sunday Times as ‘the biography of the decade’. She was the chair of this year's International Booker Prize.

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