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Kiss and Part

Kiss and Part is a collection of short stories by a range of well-known women novelists. What the contributors to the collection have in common is that they have all stayed at a small cottage in Warwickshire, courtesy of a remarkable project to give women writers 'a room of one's own'.

Michael Bywater talks to writers Catherine Fox and Jo Baker. With guest appearance by Sarah Hosking.

1.00pm Saturday 22nd February 2020
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Catherine Fox

Dr Catherine Wilcox is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. Writing as Catherine Fox, she is author of seven novels that explore themes of the spiritual and the physical with insight and humour. Her Lindchester Chronicles are published by Marylebone House/SPCK.

Jo Baker

Jo Baker is the author of seven novels, most recently The Body Lies (2019). Her previous book, A Country Road, A Tree (2017) was shortlisted for the American Library in Paris Award, the James Tait Black Award and Walter Scott Prize, and was a Book of the Year in the Guardian and New Statesman. Longbourn (2013), an international bestseller, is currently in development as a feature film. She is an Honorary Fellow of Lancaster University and was a Visiting Fellow at the Queen’s University of Belfast. She married to the playwright and screenwriter Daragh Carville. They live in Lancaster with their two children.

Michael Bywater

Michael Bywater is a columnist, critic and essayist and the author of The Chronicles of Bargepole, Lost Worlds (which was read by Stephen Fry as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week) and Big Babies. He writes regularly for the Independent, and is a columnist for the Week.

He originally went up to Cambridge to read medicine but became, and remained, sidetracked, completing his BA in English and continuing with postgraduate work in Theatre Performance Studies at Cardiff before moving into journalism. He was a staff editor at Punch magazine for more than 10 years, and has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines from the Observer to Cosmopolitan. He wrote two-and-a-half computer games with the late Douglas Adams and retains an interest in electronic narratives. He is also a regular broadcaster.

Michael has taught tragedy at Cambridge and structured investigation to, among others, oil engineers in Syria. He has had residencies at Magdalene and King’s College, Cambridge. He is currently completing a musical on the life of Oscar Wilde with the celebrated American songwriter Mike Stoller. He is also a harpsichordist, organist and pilot.

Sarah Hosking

Sarah Hosking is the founder/secretary of the Hosking Houses Trust, and commissioned Kiss and Part. Her background is in the visual arts (art college in the 1960s), and she worked for some years in government arts subsidy. She then worked for the NHS as an interior and garden designer, and co-authored Healing the Hospital Environment (1999), which dealt with non-clinical aspects of in-patient care. She founded HHT on her retirement in 2000.

Salley Vickers

Salley Vickers was born in Liverpool, the home of her mother and grew up as the child of parents in the British Communist Party. Her father was a trade union leader and her mother a social worker. She won a state scholarship to St Paul’s Girl’s School (something which caused her father some anxiety because of his dislike of public schools and for a while he felt that she should not attend the school) and went on to read English at Newnham College Cambridge, with which she recently renewed working ties. She has worked, variously, as a cleaner, a dancer, an artist’s model, a teacher of children with special needs, a university teacher of literature and a psychoanalyst. Her first novel, ‘Miss Garnet’s Angel’, became an international word-of-mouth bestseller and a favourite among book clubs and reading groups. She now writes full time and lectures widely on many subjects, particularly the connections between, art, literature, psychology and religion.



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