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Margaret Atwood and Rob Delaney in conversation

Reflection and Memory

Hay Festival 2023, 

An exploration of memory, memoir and the process of reflection through writing with frank, tender and sometimes funny thoughts from two writers who have written about personal losses – Margaret Atwood of her long-term partner, and Rob Delaney of his son from a brain tumour. The pair share reflections on writing about the worst things imaginable, the power of language to express humanity and the impact of memoir. Their compassionate and honest insights speak to society’s need to understand, and work through, one of life’s most painful experiences. Delaney’s A Heart That Works is a moving memoir about losing his son Henry; Atwood’s Dearly is a collection of poems about absences and endings, ageing and retrospection, but also about gifts and renewals.

Margaret Atwood and Rob Delaney in conversation