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Granta 129: Fate

Mark Gevisser and Andrea Stuart on Sexual Identity
1 December 2014, 7pm, at the Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1JD. Tickets are £5 and include a glass of wine. Get yours here.

In his remarkable essay from the print issue, ‘ Self-Made Man’, Mark Gevisser weaves together the personal, political and societal issues of transgender identity in Middle America. On the first of December, he will be addressing these issues with Andrea Stuart, whose bold, autobiographical essay, ‘Tourist’, reflects on lesbian culture in 1990s London, her own sexual identity and the experiences that catalysed a non-conformist lifestyle.

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Will Self and Iain Sinclair on J.G. Ballard
25th November 2014, 7pm, at Notting Hill Community Church, Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2ES. Tickets are £8 including a glass of wine, and available from Lutyens & Rubinstein here.

To celebrate the launch of Granta 129: Fate, two of Britain’s best contemporary writers will discuss the legacy of one of our most important post-war literary figures.
In his piece in the issue, ‘Key Stroke,’ Will Self reimagines J.G Ballard’s last days, striking the keys of the same typewriter that once sat under Ballard’s fingers. Self has elsewhere described Ballard’s body of work as ‘the most significant single contribution to English literature in the past half-century’. On the 25th he’ll discuss Ballard’s legacy with Iain Sinclair, whose book on David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Ballard’s Crash was hailed by John Gray in the New Statesman as ‘the most intelligent guide yet to Ballard’s work’.

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