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Literary Events

From novels to non-fiction, books can be a source of solace or a means of self-help in times of grief. Our author events include poetry from Michel Faber (Undying: A Love Story), an interview with palliative care doctor and NHS activist Dr Rachel Clarke (Dear Life), and advice from best-selling author Cathy Rentzenbrink (The Last Act of Love, A Manual For Heartache). We also welcome Nikesh Shukla (editor of The Good Immigrant) and psychotherapist Julia Samuel MBE, author of Grief Works. Michael Rosen, children’s novelist, poet, and the author of 140 books, adds his reflections on speaking to children about grief; Professor Ulrika Maude considers Virginia Woolf’s treatment of suicide; and Andrew Hilton, director and founder of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, explores grief in the works of Shakespeare. 

Venues: University of Bristol and Colston Hall


Literary Events's Events

Life’s Fragility: Encounters with Loss

Grief in Shakespeare

Grief in Shakespeare: A Lewis Fry Memorial Lecture

The Language of Loss: poetry, storytelling and music

The Language of Loss: Poetry, Storytelling and Music

Beth Calverley Poetry machine (c) Paul Blakemore 3

Celebrating People: Poetry writing workshop for adults

Virginia Woolf and the Literature of Loss

Grief in Literature

Beth Calverley Poetry machine (c) Oh Magazine & Amanda Thomas

Playing with Words: Poetry Workshop for Children (8-12yrs)

The Last Act of Love

The Last Act of Love with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Facilitator Michel Faber (c) Wandering Trad

Undying: A Love Story with Michel Faber

Facilitator Rachel Clarke (c) Laura Gallant

A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss

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Conference and Festival Tickets

Reflections on Grief, Language and Speaking to Children with MIchael Rosen

Michael Rosen: Grief, Language and Speaking to Children