The Freud Museum

Events Archive

8 December 2015
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

Woman and Home

Joanna Walsh in conversation with Deborah Levy

"There was a time in my life when I lived in hotels. Around this time, the time I did not spend in hotels was time I did not live. During this other time I haunted a marriage I was soon to leave. There’s no place like home and, as home seemed hardly to qualify as a place any more, I began to look for something elsewhere..." Joanna Walsh - Hotel

"Each new journey is a mourning for what has been left behind. The wanderer sometimes tries to recreate what has been left behind, in a new place. This always fails." Deborah Levy - Swallowing Geography

Can anyone, nowadays, live in a Hotel, a place where the heimlich of home meets the unheimlich of elsewhere? And, if they can't what's the alternative to this alternative to home? To mark the publication of her memoir, Hotel, join its author, Joanna Walsh, and Booker-shortlisted writer Deborah Levy, in Freud's last home to discuss belonging and exile, therapy, women and homes, as well as Freud's influence on their work. An excerpt from Hotel can be read at Granta Magazine.

Joanna Walsh's books include Hotel, Vertigo, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by The Dalkey Archive (Best European Fiction 2015), Granta, Salt (Best British Short Stories, 2014 and 2015), The Stinging Fly, Gorse, and others. She reviews for The Guardian, The New Statesman, and The National. She is fiction editor at 3:AM Magazine, and runs @read_women, described by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers”.

Deborah Levy writes fiction, plays, and poetry. Her work has been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she is the author of highly praised books including The Unloved, Swallowing Geography, and Beautiful Mutants. Her novel Swimming Home was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2012 Levy adapted two of Freud's case histories, Dora and The Wolfman for BBC Radio 4. Things I Don’t Want to Know is the title of Levy’s sparkling response to George Orwell’s essay ‘Why I Write’, an autobiographical essay on writing, gender politics and philosophy. Her new novel, Hot Milk, will be published in 2016 by Hamish Hamilton.

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