Hope and Fear in ‘The Missing Woman.’ Meet the Author with Carole Burns

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Date(s) - 22/Nov/2016
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Avenue Campus, Building 65, Room 1097

carole-burns-imgAll are welcome to Hope and Fear in The Missing Woman, a Meet the Author evening featuring award-winning author Carole Burns. Carole is the Head of Creative Writing in English at the University of Southampton, and will be reading an excerpt from her collection entitled The Missing Woman and Other Stories. Following the reading, she will be holding a Q&A session.

The Missing Woman won the 2015 John C. Zacharis Award, which is awarded bi-annually by the prestigious American literary journal Ploughshares. Its stories circle around women who are either literally missing – a mother in rehab, a daughter never born – or who are missing some metaphorical piece of themselves.

 A father tries to convince his uncompromising, anorexic daughter to want to live, a single woman lures men to her bed only to abandon them, and a marriage is shaken by a search party for a woman who’s disappeared. Burns asks questions about balance – safety with adventure, dreams with practicality, grief with joy – and challenges the reader to take a journey, make choices…


About Carole Burns

Burns’ collection, The Missing Woman and Other Stories, was published by the UK-based Parthian Books. A journalist as well as a fiction writer, Burns reviews books and interviews authors for The Washington Post. Recent authors interviewed include Hilary Mantel, Margaret Atwood and Colm Tóibín. Her book Off the Page: Writers Talk About Beginnings, Endings, and Everything in Between, published by W.W. Norton in 2008, was based on interviews with forty-three writers including A.S. Byatt, Martin Amis, Andrea Levy , Joyce Carol Oates, E. L. Doctorow, Richard Ford, Walter Mosley, Jhumpa Lahiri and Tobias Wolff. She is head of creative writing at the University of Southampton in the UK, and lives in Cardiff, Wales.

As with all Human Worlds Festival events, admission is free and all are welcome.  Book your free ticket now to secure your place.

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