Elizabeth O’Connor & Sophie Mackintosh in conversation: Whale Fall



6.30pm, Wednesday 24th April



Join us to hear Elizabeth O’Connor talk about her beautiful, devastating debut novel Whale Fall, which tells a story of longing and betrayal on a Welsh island, while the world is on the edge of great tumult.


It is 1938 and for Manod, a young woman living on a remote island off the coast of Wales, the world looks ready to end just as she is trying to imagine a future for herself. The ominous appearance of a beached whale on the island’s shore, and rumours of submarines circling beneath the waves, have villagers steeling themselves for what’s to come. When two anthropologists from the mainland arrive, Manod sees in them a rare moment of opportunity to leave the island and discover the life she has been searching for. But, as she guides them across the island’s cliffs, she becomes entangled in their relationship, and her imagined future begins to seem desperately out of reach.


Elizabeth O’Connor‘s short stories have appeared in The White Review and Granta, and she was the 2020 winner of the White Review Short Story Prize. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Birmingham, specialising in the modernist writer H.D. and her writing of coastal landscapes.


Elizabeth will be in conversation with Sophie Mackintosh, author of the critically acclaimed novels The Water Cure, Blue Ticket, and Cursed Bread. Sophie’s novels have been nominated for prizes including the Man Booker Prize and the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and in 2023 she was named as one of Granta’s once-in-a-decade Best of Young British Novelists.


Tickets are £6.00 and include a glass of wine or a soft drink.


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