Helen Fielding and David Sedaris in Conversation with Nina Stibbe

Helen Fielding and David Sedaris
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Celebrated diarists in conversation

Why keep a journal, who is it for, and what is its creative potential? At this special event, Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding and humour writer David Sedaris talk to Nina Stibbe about their close relationship with the form.

The event will also feature contributions by three diarists – Samantha Baker, Patti Keane and Kev F Sutherland – who have used their great and contrasting skills as illustrators to turn their journals into works of art.

Part of a short British Library season of events devoted to diaries and memoirs which begins on 5 February with Diaries: Lives and Times.  

Helen Fielding is a novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of the fictional character Bridget Jones, who first saw life in 1995 as a column in The Independent. The books Bridget Jones's Diary (1996) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (1999) were published in 40 countries and sold more than 15 million copies, and – with Fielding as part of the screenwriting team - the two films of the same name achieved international success. Further sequels were Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (2013) – which also became a movie - and Bridget Jones' Baby: the Diaries (2016). Bridget Jones most recently appeared last year in the collection Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).

David Sedaris is one of America’s pre-eminent humour writers, known his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. Familar to UK listeners from BBC Radio 4s “Meet David Sedaris’ his many books include Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls and 2018’s Calypso. His first volume of diaries Theft By Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) was published in 2017, with a second volume due in 2020.

Nina Stibbe (chair) is the author of Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life, based on letters written home while a nanny in a 1980s literary home. It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year Award, won Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2014 National Book Awards and in 2016 was adapted by Nick Hornby for the BBC. She followed it with the novels Man at the Helm and Paradise Lodge, the collection An Almost Perfect Christmas, and the forthcoming Reasons To be Cheerful.

Images: Helen Fielding by Alisa Connan and David Sedaris by Adam DeTour


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