Alison Bechdel and Anne Enright: Cape in Conversation
This year marks 100 years of Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape. To celebrate, we’ve launched Cape in Conversation, a Vintage Books Podcast miniseries which will see authors from across the generations and genres of Cape’s list discuss their work and ideas, and give you a flavour of the many kinds of book and different voices that Cape publishes. Today, series host Shahidha Bari is in conversation with two authors, Alison Bechdel and Anne Enright. You can find out more about Alison Bechdel's work here: https://bit.ly/37IDGUV And about Anne Enright's here: http://bit.ly/3bXotQM You can find out more about the history of Jonathan Cape here: https://bit.ly/3wx4n9w Host Shahidha Bari is also a Jonathan Cape author – read more about her book and work as a journalist here: https://bit.ly/2RQpYuI Shahidha will be back for Cape in Conversation on the Vintage Books podcast in six weeks, where she’ll be talking to two more writers, Celia Paul and Julian Barnes.Follow us on Twitter @vintagebooks ᛫ Sign up to the Vintage newsletter to hear all about our new releases, see exclusive extracts and win prizes: sign up hereSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Anne Enright, "Maeve Brennan Goes Mad In America" (Laureate For Irish Fiction Annual Lecture 2016)
The Arts Council Podcast
Anne Enright delivered her first US lecture as Laureate for Irish Fiction at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House as part of the Laureate programme in April 2016.Speaking prior to the lecture, Enright said, “When I flew to New York in February 2000 I thought my life could not get better: I was pregnant, I was bringing the proofs for my first New Yorker story in my bag, and I met Seamus Heaney on the plane. The next day I went to the offices of the magazine and paused in the ladies room to remember Maeve Brennan, and to consider the rumour that she lived for a while in the washroom of the old offices on West 43rd St. I have always been interested in what drives a writer mad. It was natural for me to think about Brennan while I was living in the city this year. I wanted to put her on the streets of New York, to write about place - but of course I wrote about madness instead. What is the difference between imagination and psychosis? And what made it impossible for Maeve Brennan, an Irish woman abroad, to be herself?”Anne Enright was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction promotes Irish literature nationally and internationally and encourage the public to engage with high quality Irish fiction. The Laureate for Irish Fiction has been developed by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and is supported by University College Dublin (UCD) and New York University (NYU).
Anne Enright’s new novel Actress is a beguiling tale of fame, creativity, courage, survival, and the troubled love between a magnetic, capricious mother and the daughter who’s unable to escape her long shadow.Here, Enright sits down to discuss her funny, unsentimental and shrewdly observed new book—and delves into her craft, the writer’s life, and her brilliant career. With Gail Jones.Recorded for MWF Digital in 2020.
“I don’t know if Ireland is the same any more,” says Booker Prize winner and former Laureate for Irish Fiction Anne Enright. Previously hidden things have become “knowable, newly sayable” in the last 30 years and this has contributed to an altered Ireland. “That process by which things become known has been one of the great engines of my own writing over the last three decades” and has been “creatively fruitful,” says Anne, whose latest novel is Actress. Among other themes, the book deals with Hollywood’s casting couch regime and chimes with the Me Too movement. City of Books is funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and the Museum of Literature Ireland, MOLI. Produced and presented by Martina Devlin. Music by Daragh Dukes. For more on Actress: https://www.penguin.co.uk/authors/1009089/anne-enright.html
Wildlife is set in Cape Breton, against the backdrop of post-crash Ireland and a family holiday in Canada. Marieva and Finn have each other under the microscope as they and their children spend more than usual time together on a break that may reveal more to them than either of them expect.
Rachel and Simon speak with the author Anne Enright. Anne has written two collections of stories, one book of non-fiction and six novels. “The Gathering”, which was published in 2007, won the Booker Prize; Anne has also received the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award. In 2015 she was appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction and in 2018 she received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature. We spoke to Anne about creative writing programmes, her loathing of routine and writing “Actress” during the emergence of the #MeToo movement. penguin.co.uk/authors/1009089/anne-enright.html penguin.co.uk/books/1069718/the-gathering/9780099501633.html penguin.co.uk/books/1118568/actress/9781787332065.html You can find us online at alwaystakenotes.com, on Twitter @takenotesalways, and on Facebook at facebook.com/alwaystakenotes. Our crowdfunding page is patreon.com/alwaystakenotes. Always Take Notes is presented by Simon Akam and Rachel Lloyd, and produced by Nicola Kean. Our social media is run by Katy Lee. Our music is by Jessica Dannheisser and our logo was designed by James Edgar.