As part of Creative Folkestone’s custodianship of Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage in Dungeness, the festival this year has invited two writers to experience a short residency at the cottage and write a response. Deborah Levy will read and discuss her response.
Deborah Levy is a novelist, short story writer, playwright and poet, whose proficiency across multiple literary forms marks her out as one of the great contemporary literary figures. Her novels, ‘Swimming Home’ and ‘Hot Milk’ were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the three volumes of her ‘living autobiography’ ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’, ‘The Cost of Living’ and ‘Real Estate’ have received great acclaim.
‘“I can't think of any writer aside from Virginia Woolf who writes better about what it is to be a woman.” The Observer on ‘The Cost of Living’
“Her reflections on domesticity, freedom and romance are so beautiful, I found myself underlining multiple sentences a page. Wry, warm and uplifting, it's a book I'll return to again and again.” Stylist
2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted. As he arrives with his family at the villa, Joe sees a body in the swimming pool. But the girl is alive. She is Kitty Finch: a self-proclaimed botanist with green-painted fingernails, walking naked into the heart of their holiday. Why is she there? And why does Joe's enigmatic wife allow her to remain?
A group of hedonistic West European tourists gather to celebrate Christmas in a remote French chateau. Then an Englishwoman is brutally murdered, and the sad, eerie child Tatiana declares she knows who did it. The subsequent inquiry into the death proves to be more of an investigation into the nature of love, insatiable rage and sadistic desire.