On the 25th of January, the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary Literature was fortunate to host Irish novelist Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half Formed Thing, The Lesser Bohemians) in conversation with Jacqueline Rose. A combination of readings, dialogue, and questions from the floor enabled the discussion to range across McBride’s literary ‘genealogy’—James Joyce and Sarah Kane—to her compositional process—offering the surprising disclosure that The Lesser Bohemians consisted at one point as an 800 page realist novel.

Birkbeck’s Dr Joseph Brooker, who attended the event, noted: ‘One of the college’s largest lecture halls was filled by an audience keen to witness what was not just another book-tour stop but a notable meeting of minds.’

You can read the full account of Dr Brooker’s reflections on the event here and listen to a podcast of the discussion here.