Making It Up: Kirsty Gunn and Deborah Levy

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Host: London Review Bookshop
Location: 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL
Speaker: Kirsty Gunn, Deborah Levy

Short stories don't have to be like short stories. They can be experiences, visitations, slices of events or part revelations of a truth or a lie.

Kirsty Gunn and Deborah Levy will discuss how they go about making up their own short fiction and the influence of modernism in their recent collections Infidelities and Black Vodka.

Kirsty Gunn is a writer. Her work includes novels, short stories and a collection of fragments and meditations. A regular contributor to a range of international newspapers and magazines, she is also Professor of Writing Practice and Study at the University of Dundee, where she established and directs the writing programme.

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised books including Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl.

Her novel, Swimming Home was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize, and the title story of her most recent work of fiction, Black Vodka: ten stories was shortlisted for the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award. Her essay Things I Don't Want To Know was published in hardback by Notting Hill Editions in 2013.

Out of a mixture of gratitude and admiration, London Review Bookshop turns its shop, twice a week or so, into a miniature auditorium in which authors talk about and read from their work, meet their readers, and engage in lively debate about the burning topics of the day.

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