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The Little Knife: an evening with Helen McClory and Camilla Grudova

Wednesday, Jun 19 2019
19:00 - 20:30
Eris Young, Helen McClory and Camilla Grudova
location: The Bookshop

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From the 16th to the late 19th century, highly skilled singers known as castrati could be found in choirs and on opera stages throughout Western Europe. For over 300 years castrati were part of the European cultural consciousness, and could attain incredible fame and social mobility, but little is known about who they actually were as people.

The Little Knife is an in-progress novel being written by Helen McClory and Camilla Grudova, that centres on the castrati and the people who loved them. A novel in three tales, The Little Knife speculates about the psyche and consciousness of the castrato and contemplates the castrati’s unique history and socioeconomic position.

Join our writer in residence Eris Young, Camilla and Helen for a candlelit evening of castrati music, readings from the novel and a chaired discussion on gender, sex, writing, and finding the strange in historical research.

Remember you can buy your tickets in the shop & save yourself the eventbrite booking fee :P

The bookshop is wheelchair accessible, events are seated and speakers use microphones throughout their events. We have further details about accessibility HERE, or feel free to get in touch, we’re happy to help however we can!

The Bookshop operates a Safe Space Policy which all guests and speakers are asked to respect - you can read it here.

As ever we have 15 free tickets available for this event! These are intended to make the evening accesible to those who are unwaged/ on benefits/ might not otherwise be able to attend - If you can afford a £3 ticket please book one as this supports the bookshop and allows us to save free places for those who can’t, thanks!

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