Hatchards Booksellers on Piccadilly were delighted to host biographer Edmund Gordon and theatre critic Susannah Clapp for an evening celebrating the life and work of Angela Carter. This was the second in an event series with Slightly Foxed and the Biographers’ Club.
Angela Carter’s iconoclastic and passionate novels, stories and essays have given us an extraordinary new way of looking at the world. Her work stands out for its bawdiness and linguistic zest, its celebration of the fantastic and absurd, and its remarkable inventiveness and range.
As Edmund Gordon relates in his recent biography, that sense of invention is also applicable to Carter’s sense of self, as a woman and as a writer. The Invention of Angela Carter was the winner of The Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2017
Slightly Foxed: The Real Reader’s Quarterly and its acclaimed list of classic limited-edition memoirs have become something of an institution in the literary world. Contributors to the magazine include: Quentin Blake, Margaret Drabble, Adam Foulds, Melissa Harrison, Michael Holroyd, Penelope Lively, Robert Macfarlane, Dervla Murphy, Sarah Perry, Posy Simmonds, Adam Sisman and Ali Smith.
The Biographers’ Club
Founded in 1997, the Club is committed to supporting, promoting and connecting biographers at all levels. It offers three prizes each year: the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize; the Tony Lothian Prize and the Exceptional Contribution to Biography Award.