Who gets to voice our histories?
Edward Said wrote 'All knowledge that is about human society, and not about the natural world, is historical knowledge, and therefore rests upon judgment and interpretation.'
How do writers take on the limitations of history and knowledge in historical fiction? Who gets to voice our histories? As the RSL celebrates its 200th birthday year, join three writers in a discussion of the complexities of inhabiting other voices and what it means to restore incomplete historical narratives.
Sara Collins’ first novel, Confessions of Frannie Langton, is a gothic tale, a young Jamaican girl’s story told by herself, set in 1826 London. In his Wellcome Prize-winning Murmur, Will Eaves gives voice to Alan Turing’s inner life, exploring the very nature of consciousness. In Augustown, Kei Miller makes a modern fable of 19th and 20th century Jamaican history, exploring emancipation and the ongoing violences of colonialism.
In partnership with The Royal Society of Literature
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