Harriet Baker & Amy Key In Conversation: Rural Hours



6.30pm, Wednesday 15th May



We’re very excited to be hosting what promises to be a gorgeous spring evening with Harriet Baker, who will be talking about her debut book Rural Hours. 


In Rural Hours, Harriet tells the story of three very different women, each of whom moved to the countryside and were forever changed by it. We encounter them at quiet moments – pausing to look at an insect on the windowsill; jotting down a recipe; or digging for potatoes, dirt beneath their nails. Slowly, we start to see transformations unfold: Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Rosamond Lehmann emerge before us as the passionate, visionary writers we know them to be.


Following long periods of creative uncertainty and private disappointment, each of Harriet’s subjects is invigorated by new landscapes, and the daily trials and small pleasures of making a home; slowly, they embark on new experiments in form, in feeling and in living that would resonate throughout the rest of their lives. In the country, each woman finds her path: to convalescence and recovery; to sexual and political awakening; and, above all, to personal freedom and creative flourishing.


Harriet Baker has written for publications including the London Review of Books and the Paris Review. She read English at Oxford and holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London. In 2018, she was awarded the Biographers’ Club Tony Lothian Prize. 


Harriet will be joined in conversation by the poet and writer Amy Key. Amy is the author of two collections of poetry: Luxe, and Isn’t Forever. Her first book, Arrangements in Blue, was published last year, and was a Sunday Times and Independent Book of the Year. 


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


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