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Writing About Conflict with Caroline Brothers and Anita Sethi

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From the borderlands between reportage and fiction, Bloomsbury Publishing proudly presents an important conversation on writing about conflict in unsettled times.

Stories of people, countries and societies in turmoil draw us into worlds we shudder to imagine, so what is it about tales of extreme conflict and its survivors that we enjoy? Our final session of 2017 pairs author and journalist Caroline Brothers with journalist Anita Sethi to reveal the truth of writing and reading conflict in fiction, while delving into our anxiety with the so-called political novel.

In this talk, Caroline and Anita will explore how individuals cope in the aftermath of violence – when a murderous regime decimates a family, or when war destroys a child's world. How do you tell a riveting story when its setting seems to offer so little hope? Furthermore, Caroline's first novel, Hinterland, began life as ground-breaking journalism, evolved into a thought-provoking work of fiction and, most recently in August 2017, was adapted into a provocative stage production that is set to tour internationally. When the form of a story shifts so radically, does this limit the 'truth' at its heart? Does truth even matter in fiction?

Lastly, Caroline will share her experience of researching two novels whose political underpinnings are still live issues, discussing how concerns in both The Memory Stones and Hinterland have evolved since publication. And there is plenty to discuss: From immigration and racial and political persecution, to lost generations and geopolitical unrest, one of the world's most respected correspondents joins us for a frank and exciting discussion on today’s most relevant agenda. We hope you'll be free to join us.

For a flavour of Caroline's storytelling, watch two short films made about The Memory Stones here and here.

Date: Tuesday, November 21st
Timing: Doors open from 6pm for a complimentary drinks reception. Caroline and Anita in conversation with Q&A from 6:30pm to 8pm, followed by a short book signing.
Venue: Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, WC1B 3DP
Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road
Tickets: £12 for adults / £8 students and concessions

Copies of Caroline's books The Memory Stones and Hinterland will be available to purchase for £5 each at the event.

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Caroline Brothers was born in Australia. She has a PhD in history from University College London and has worked as a foreign correspondent for Reuters in Europe and Latin America. She has contributed to the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Guardian, Independent and Sunday Times Magazine among others, and was a reporter and an editor at the International New York Times. She is the author of War and Photography, and the novel Hinterland, first published by Bloomsbury in 2012. She divides her time between London and Paris. Website: www.carolinebrothers.com Twitter: @CaroBrothers

Anita Sethi is an award-winning journalist, writer and critic who has written for publications including The Guardian and Observer, Sunday Times, Telegraph, Times Literary Supplement, Granta and New Statesman and appeared on BBC radio. She has interviewed many writers and artists, appeared at festivals in the UK and around the world, and is a Judge of the David Cohen Prize for Literature 2017. Website: www.anitasethi.co.uk. Twitter: @anitasethi.

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