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Charlie Gilmour

in conversation with Helen Lewis

Date/Time: Thursday 10th December, 7-8pm

Venue: Online via Zoom

Charlie Gilmour appears in conversation with Helen Lewis to read from and discuss his memoir, Featherhood, about birds, fathers, and fatherhood.

Featherhood is a story about the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour’s life – and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair… About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie’s biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one’s own. It is a story about change – from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie’s nest. And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

Charlie Gilmour is a journalist and author. His first book, Featherhood - a memoir about birds and fathers - was published this year by Weidenfeld & Nicolson to universal critical acclaim. Charlie lives in South London with his wife and daughter.

Helen Lewis is a British author and journalist. She is currently a staff writer at the Atlantic, and before that she was deputy editor of the New Statesman. She is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling book, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights

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Charlie Gilmour (c) Polly Samson