Frankland Visitor 2024: Joanna Kavenna - "A Reading Life, a Writing Life" podcast recording

Joanna Kavenna, Frankland Visitor at Brasenose College, presents a podcast recording and informal panel discussion (with Q and A) with acclaimed writer, Sally Bayley, and senior feature writer and editor for The Guardian, Aida Edemariam. They will be recording an episode of Sally’s podcast about ‘A stab at the truth’ – life writing, memoir and writing fiction about real people. The podcast series is produced by Andrew Smith and James Bowen.

Sally Bayley is a fiction and non-fiction writer who lives on a narrowboat on the River Thames in Oxford. Sally is a Lecturer in English at Hertford College, and also teaches academic writing, literature, film and creative writing for the Sarah Lawrence visiting programme at Wadham College. From 2018-2020 she was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow and in 2021 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Aida Edemariam has worked as a journalist in New York (Harper’s Magazine), Toronto, and London, where she is a senior feature writer and editor for The Guardian. Her first book, The Wife’s Tale, was named a Finalist for the prestigious Governor General’s Award for Nonfiction in Canada.

Joanna Kavenna is a prize-winning author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and non-fiction including ZED, The Ice Museum, Inglorious, The Birth of Love and A Field Guide to Reality. Her novel Inglorious won the Orange Award for New Writing, and her novel The Birth of Love was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Joanna Kavenna’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, London Review of Books, The New York Times and many other publications. She was named as one of The Telegraph’s Best Writers under 40 in 2010 and as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists in 2013. She has held the Alistair Horne Fellowship at St Antony’s College, Oxford and the Harper-Wood at St John’s College, Cambridge.