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LAUNCH: On The Conjugial Angel by A S Byatt (with Julia Armfield)

EVENT: LAUNCH: On The Conjugial Angel by A S Byatt (with Julia Armfield)

DATE: 15th July 2020

TIME: 7.00-8.00pm


FEATURING: Julia Armfield

‘I do believe poems are the ghosts of dead poets.’ 

We are delighted to invite you to the online launch of our latest publication, On The Conjugial Angel, by Booker Prize-winning author A S Byatt. The launch will be introduced by the Swedenborg Society’s Avery Curran and will include a reading from On The Conjugial Angel by the acclaimed author Julia Armfield. Series editor Stephen McNeilly will also speak briefly on the Swedenborg Archive Series. Come and join us, bring a glass of wine (or your preferred beverage) and enjoy. Attendees will receive an exclusive 30% discount code on this and other titles. Book tickets at the link above to be sent a Zoom link and password prior to the event.

From the Booker Prize-winning author of Possession: A Romance (1990), On The Conjugial Angel is the latest book in the Swedenborg Society’s Archive Series. A S Byatt, alongside a series of readings from her novella ‘The Conjugial Angel’, explores Swedenborg’s influence on literature, the lives of the Tennysons and the conflict between religion and science. Also including an intimate insight into Dame Byatt’s writing process and lifelong interest in literature, On The Conjugial Angel is drawn from the transcript of a talk and Q&A given at Swedenborg House in 2010 for the bicentenary of the Society.

Described by the Sunday Telegraph as ‘one of Britain’s foremost grandes dames of the writing world’, A S BYATT was born in 1936 and studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, Bryn Mawr College in the United States and Somerville College, Oxford. She has written numerous works of fiction including The Virgin in the Garden (1978); Possession: A Romance (1990), for which she won the Booker Prize; Angels and Insects (1992) and The Children’s Book (2009). She was made a Fellow of University College London in 2004 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.

JULIA ARMFIELD is a fiction writer and occasional playwright with a Master’s in Victorian Art and Literature from Royal Holloway University. She was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2019. She was commended in the Moth Short Story Prize 2017, longlisted for the Deborah Rogers Award 2018, and won the White Review short story prize 2018. Her first book, salt slow, is a collection of short stories about bodies and the bodily, mapping the skin and bones of its characters through their experiences of isolation, obsession and love.