The Real Story: Live with Lauren Elkin

On Thursday June 22nd we present our first The Real Story: Live event of 2017 at Gullivers. We’re delighted to tell you that it will be headlined by Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse. Part memoir, part biography, part cultural meander, this captivating book explores why women wander, what we’re looking for, and how, by putting one foot in front of the other, we can sometimes stumble upon different routes in our lives. It was Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 and included on many best nonfiction of 2016 lists; read an excerpt in The Guardian here.

Tickets for the event are available here:

We will also be running a special nonfiction writing workshop with Lauren titled ‘Play and Place’ on the evening of the event, from 5:30-7pm. Details and ticket info can be found below.

We are all influenced by the places we live in, write in, visit. How can we become more attuned to the way place shapes our lives? How do we write place, and what’s at stake when we do? Georges Perec’s attempt to catalog, or “exhaust,” everything happening in the Place Saint Sulpice on a series of days in Paris in 1974, helps us understand how the way we see the world depends on where we’re sitting within it; it’s impossible to notice everything. What do we see when we look at the world? What kind of world do we create when we attempt to write it?

Participants will read excerpts from An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris, play Perec-inspired writing games, and will have the chance to write about places both real and imaginary, of the present and the past, and, perhaps the future.’

Places on this workshop are strictly limited and can be purchased here: