Emma Darwin

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Royal Literary Fund

Emma Darwin


This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin: A Writer's Journey Through my Family.

Books about Emma Darwin’s great-great-grandparents, Charles and Emma Darwin, are legion, but when she agreed to write a novel about her family, she looked for stories less often told. Join her on her journey through the artists, scientists, composers & poets of the Darwin-Wedgwood-Galton clan, as seen through the lens of her creative struggle to write fiction about them. Along the way, her wry, witty and honest memoir becomes a brave book about failure - and, above all, a book about writing and how stories are told.

This talk is kindly sponsored by the Royal Literary Fund, which was founded in 1790 to help professional authors. Past beneficiaries have included Coleridge, Ivy Compton-Burnett, D H Lawrence and Dylan Thomas.  Last year it helped 200 writers, though not all of them are quite so famous yet. 

Emma Darwin’s debut novel, The Mathematics of Love, was nominated for both Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book, and RNA Novel of the Year; her memoir, This is Not a Book About Charles Darwin, was published in February. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and blogs at This Itch of Writing.

Photo credit J P Masclet


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