Marie-Elsa Bragg

The suicide of Melyvn Bragg's first wife cast a long shadow that forged an unbreakable bond between father and daughter. 'Grief is something no one talks about. It is universal, and sometimes we are so scared of it. We carry it around with us like a ball and chain because we don’t see that we can go through it, survive it.'

When Marie-Elsa Bragg was just six years old her mother committed suicide. Now, many years later, Marie-Elsa returns to that night. In a unique mix of prose and poetry, written partly as a series of unsent letters to both her mother and father, Sleeping Letters is a way of connecting to past family, an attempt to reconcile with loss, as well as a radical exploration of Marie-Elsa’s own faith. Marie-Elsa will be in conversation with Marnie Summerfield-Smith.

Marie-Elsa Bragg is an author, priest, therapist and Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She studied philosophy and theology at Oxford University, and trained for the priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University.

Sunday 23 February 2020, 12.30–1.30pm, Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre. £8 (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE PROGRAMME DUE TO THE CANCELLATION OF MELVYN BRAGG)

* This venue does not have wheelchair access

'This is a beautiful book, a remarkable, cadenced recollection of how grief lives in the body. It is poetry as a kind of dance. You have to read it' Edmund De Waal