Basking in the Sun of Pleasure: A Celebration of the Essay

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Host: Waterstone's Oxford
Location: William Baker House, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AF
Speaker: Joanna Kavenna, Phillip Lopate

Discover the importance of the essay as a vehicle for expression of the inner self. Joanna Kavenna will be reading from her introduction to Essays on the Self, and speaking about Virginia Woolf. Phillip Lopate will be reading from his new collection of essays Portrait Inside My Head, and speaking about the delights of the personal essay.

Joanna Kavenna is a British novelist and travel writer. Her short stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books, Arc, the Guardian and the New York Times, among other publications. She has received the Alistair Horne Fellowship and the Orange Prize for New Writing, and in 2013 was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. Virginia Woolf: Essays on the Self Introduced by Joanna Kavenna, was published by Notting Hill Editions in 2014.

Phillip Lopate
Phillip Lopate is an essayist, poet and novelist. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including three personal essay collections – Bachelorhood, Against Joie de Vivre and Portrait of My Body; a critical study, Notes on Sontag; and To Show and to Tell: the Craft of Literary Nonfiction. He is a judge on the 2015 Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize and his collection of personal essays Portrait Inside My Head is the newest addition to the NHE list.

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