Reblog: History in fiction – why it matters

Valeria Vescina (MA Creative Writing, 2012) and Amy Sackville (MA Creative Writing, 2008) were invited back to campus to speak at the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre on the topic of ‘Fiction and History’ with reference to their novels.

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Vase of Talos, Jatta Museum, Ruvo di Puglia

Valeria recently wrote about this experience, which you can read on her blog:

Valeria Vescina

Recently, Amy Sackville and I were invited to speak at the Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre on the topic of ‘Fiction and History’ with reference to our novels. Amy presented Painter to the King (Granta), where she brings to life Diego Velazequez and the Court of Philip IV of Spain; I spoke about That Summer in Puglia (Eyewear Publishing), to which layers of history and diverse cultures are integral.

The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre is ‘the home of new writing, debate about literature and more’, so the questions from writer and lecturer Ardu Vakil, our interviewer, were duly stimulating. My thanks to Prof. Blake Morrison: it was an honour to be invited to Goldsmiths, having been there years ago as a Creative & Life Writing MA student, and a pleasure to see some of my former tutors, including Ardu. This blog post is in response to requests, on the night…

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