City of Literature

Art & Sexuality

With Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall & Megan Bradbury

Tuesday 23 May 7.30pm

The Adnams Spiegeltent

Eimear McBride smiles at the camera in a black and white portrait shot.
Author Eimear McBride

How do we define good and bad writing about sex? What are the boundaries between literature and erotica, and do they need to exist? Why are some writers unwilling or unable to explore sex in their writing? Grab a drink from the bar and join us for an open, intelligent and humorous conversation on sexuality, gender and identity with three fantastic female writers – Eimear McBride, Sarah Hall and Megan Bradbury.

From the Fifty Shades obsession and the Bad Sex in Fiction Award to more complex debate around diversity and heteronormativity; our writers will discuss their personal experiences of sex writing, give readings from other writers they admire and argue that writing about sex is fascinating – and that we should all be doing it more. Chaired by Chris Gribble, chief executive of Writers’ Centre Norwich.

About the writers

Eimear McBride is the award-winning writer of A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing (winner: Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction, Desmond Elliott Prize, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, The Goldsmiths Prize) and The Lesser Bohemians. She has written articles on sex and writing for the Bookseller, the Guardian and the Irish Times, and has been nominated for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Sarah Hall is a multi-award winning writer and 2017 Man Booker Prize judge who recently edited the short story collection Sex & Death with Peter Hobbs. Megan Bradbury’s debut novel, Everyone is Watching, is the ‘unusual, intoxicating and bold’ (the Guardian) story of four great artists who defined New York.

Listen to Eimear McBride on TLS Voices discussing the dark side of bad sex writing and why a new anthology is nothing to be snickered at:


Event runs: c. 1 hr 30 mins

Visit Eimear McBride's website here

Visit Sarah Hall's website here

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