Angela Carter, actually

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Bidisha, Caryl Phillips and Susannah Clapp discuss Angela Carter's legacy.

Twenty years after her untimely death from cancer, novelist Angela Carter continues to challenge, delight and provoke her readers. Possessed of a sharp and often subversive intellect,she was a re-maker of fairy tales, an outspoken feminist and a richly distinctive stylist. In works such as The Magic Toyshop, Wise Children and The Bloody Chamber, she blends fairy tale and magic realism to explore human sensuality and conventional femininity with wit and intelligence. Her literary executor, the theatre critic Susannah Clapp, who recently published the affectionate memoir A Card from Angela Carter, joins novelist Caryl Phillips and writer and broadcaster Bidisha to celebrate Carter’s work and consider her legacy.

We are grateful to the Royal Literary Fund for sponsoring this event.

Recorded on Monday 23 April 2012.

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