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The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre in association with the NS: Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk reading from her Goldsmiths Prize 2016 shortlisted novel, Transit, and in conversation with Naomi Wood.

  • Wednesday, 22. February 2017
  • Goldsmiths, University of London, SE14 6NW

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020 7936 6737

Filtered through the impersonal gaze of its keenly intelligent protagonist, Transit sees Rachel Cusk delve deeper into the themes first raised in her critically acclaimed Outline, and offers up a penetrating and moving reflection on childhood and fate, the value of suffering, the moral problems of personal responsibility and the mystery of change.

In this precise, short and yet epic cycle of novels, Cusk manages to describe the most elemental experiences, the liminal qualities of life, through a narrative near-silence that draws language towards it. She captures with unsettling restraint and honesty the longing to both inhabit and flee one's life and the wrenching ambivalence animating our desire to feel real.

Rachel Cusk was born in Canada in 1967 and moved to the United Kingdom in 1974. She is the author of nine novels and three works of non-fiction. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes: Outline (2014), was shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize, the Baileys Prize, the Giller Prize and the Canadian Governor General’s Award. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the top ten books of the year. In 2003, Rachel Cusk was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 “Best of Young British Novelists”. In 2015 her version of Euripides’ Medea was put on at the Almeida Theatre with Rupert Goold directing and was shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

6.30pm - 8.00pm 

LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building (PSH), Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW

Tickets are free and should be booked in advance.