Writing Home: Polly Devlin in Conversation with Carmen Callil – 4th June


Writing Home is a fascinating, beautiful and deeply entertaining record of a life lived to the full. Author and broadcaster Polly Devlin will be interviewed by Carmen Callil in this intimate event at L&R Bookshop.


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In these essays, Polly Devlin covers subjects that range over her whole life and thought. She writes about places: about her childhood deep in the Irish countryside: her sudden transition to the epicentre of hip London, and onto New York, and further afield. And she writes about the people she has known, among them John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger, Peggy Guggenheim, Diana Vreeland (‘as fantastical as a unicorn’), Jean Shrimpton, Princess Margaret (who came to dinner and did the washing up) and the issues that have preoccupied her – emigration, feminism ‘(‘I grew up in a society where men were fundamental and women were secondary’), writing, collecting, shopping, houses, dogs, rooks, hares, dreams, friendship and the kindness of strangers; about daughters and mothers; and about wishes and her love of the places she has lived in and the houses she has loved in Paris, Tuscany, the Tarn, Dublin and New York.
Polly Devlin, OBE, writer, broadcaster, filmmaker, was born in a remote “almost medieval area” on the shores of Lough Neagh in Co Tyrone in Ireland; there were no telephones or electricity in the region when she was growing up – as she says: ‘No one born since the sixties in Ireland can know how dark everything was for a great many months of the year’.
Age 21, she won a Vogue talent competition and was catapulted into the heart of Swinging Sixties London, working for Vogue as a writer, then features editor. Amongst other famous people, she interviewed Bob Dylan on his first-ever trip outside America. Two years later she went to work in New York for the great Diana Vreeland on American Vogue. Since then she has been a columnist for The Sunday Times, the New Statesman and the Observer, as well as writing many highly acclaimed books.
Dame Carmen Callil is a writer, publisher and critic. She was born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, and came to the UK in 1960. She began working in publishing five years later and in 1972 founded the Virago Press, which she continued to chair until 1995.

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Ticket, Student Concession

Event Details

Date: June 04, 2019

Start time: 19:00

End time: 20:00

Venue: Lutyens & Rubinstein

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