St Christopher

Maggie Gee - How we write about ourselves
Event 3
Saturday October 12th, 2.45pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

A major novelist talks about her work

This is an archived event from the 2013 Programme.

Maggie Gee is one of the most talented, intellectually curious and interesting authors writing in Britain today. She’s published eleven acclaimed novels, including The Ice People, My Cleaner, My Driver and The White Family; a collection of short stories, The Blue; and a memoir of her life as a writer, My Animal Life (2010). Doris Lessing called My Driver, “worldly, witty, enjoyable, impressive”. 

As well as being a wonderful storyteller, she tackles some of today’s most powerful social and human concerns (like environment, race, class and science), in engaging, thought-provoking and extremely readable novels.

Maggie said this about being a writer:

“I write for the joy of the language and the form, and to pay the mortgage. I also write because life is fascinating, beautiful, and short. I want to record my experience, and my brief attempts at understanding it, for others, while I can.”

Come and hear more about her writing and her life.

Maggie Gee featured on the prestigious Granta 'Best of Young British Novelists' list as far back as 1983.  She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the International Impac award, and has judged many prizes, including the Booker.  Her books have been translated into 14 languages.

Maggie was the first female Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, 2004-2008. Last year she was awarded an OBE.

For more on Maggie Gee, click here or here.