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This event has been cancelled due to speaker illness. We apologise for any disappointment. We’re aiming to find a new date in 2023, please keep an eye on our website and social media channels. All bookings will be transferred to the new date.


What is at stake in life-writing, and why has it become such an important part of the cultural landscape?

Join the Royal Society of Literature in partnership with the British Library for a discussion between Viv Albertine, Musa Okwonga and Patrick Hayes as they explore the most personal kinds of writing—from autobiography and autofiction, to diaries and social media posts – to investigate how we make ourselves through words. Talking us through their own writing experiences, our panel will discuss memoir, memory and whether an ‘authentic’ self can ever be made manifest in literature.

Please note Musa Okwonga will be joining us virtually.





Public, non-members tickets can be booked via the British Library website.

In partnership with the British Library and Crack Magazine