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Enchantment in an Anxious Age

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In the wake of seismic events, Katherine May, the internationally bestselling author of Wintering, explores the restorative properties of the natural world and how wonder and magic can be found in the everyday. 

Enchantment follows May as she seeks to unravel the threads of a life wound too tightly. It is a journey that takes her from sacred wells to wild moors, from cradling seas to starfalls. Through deliberate attention and ritual, she finds nourishment and a more hopeful relationship to the world around her. 

Katherine will be in conversation with writer and performer Molly Naylor. Join them for a nourishing and uplifting discussion of beauty, meaning and enchantment in these dark times.

‘A beautiful offering of light, truth and charm in these strange, dark times.’New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott


Katherine May is an internationally bestselling author and podcaster living in Whitstable, UK. Her hybrid memoir Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times became a New York Times, Sunday Times and Der Spiegel bestseller, was adapted as BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, and was shortlisted for the Porchlight and Barnes and Noble Book of the Year. The Electricity of Every Living Thing, her memoir of a midlife autism diagnosis, is currently being adapted as an audio drama by Audible. Other titles include novels such as The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club, and The Best, Most Awful Job, an anthology of essays about motherhood which she edited. Her journalism and essays have appeared in a range of publications including The New York Times, The Observer and Aeon.

Molly Naylor is an award-winning writer and performer. Her stories and plays have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and she has performed at festivals and events all over the world. Her third poetry collection Whatever You’ve Got is published by Bad Betty Press. She is the co-creator and writer of Sky One comedy After Hours. She wrote and performed the acclaimed solo spoken-word shows Stop Trying To Be Fantastic, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You and My Robot Heart. Her first graphic novel Lights, Planets, People! was published by Avery Hill in September 2021 and won the Broken Frontier award for best graphic novel. 

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Duration: 1 hour

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26 May

06:00 pm

£7.50 - £10.00

Image credit: Katherine May – Alexa Loy Dent


City of Literature is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by National Centre for Writing

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