For readers of literary fiction entwined with history. Lesley McDowell's Clairmont is a bold new retelling of the story of Lord Byron and the Shelleys, told from the perspective of a young woman carrying Byron's child, a woman that history tried to forget – but she will not be silenced. Sarah Marsh's A Sign of Her Own is about a young deaf woman and prized student of Alexander Graham Bell. Inspired by journals kept by Bell's real deaf students, the story casts new light on the inventor and the invention that would forever change how we communicate.
This event is accessible for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. There will be a BSL interpreter and captioning.
Sarah Marsh was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Prize in 2019 and selected for the London Library Emerging Writers Programme in 2020. A Sign of Her Own is her first novel, inspired by her experiences of growing up deaf and her family's history of deafness. Lesley McDowell is a literary critic and author of The Picnic; Between the Sheets; and Unfashioned Creatures.
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