We were hugely excited to have St Mary’s Creative Writing alumna Jess Kidd back last month for a reading, interview and Q&A to celebrate the publication and acclaim of her debut novel, Himself, published by Canongate. She read wonderfully – as you will see if you play the two videos below – and talked to us about all aspects of her writing practice, from the origins of Himself, to her love of Magic Realism and her plans for future novels.
Here she is, reading the prologue to Himself:
And here is a section from Chapter 12, inspired by Dylan Thomas’s Under Milk Wood.
As you can see, there was a great turn-out, and just as well as it was a fascinating evening.