Mrs King's wedding group Westerham Kent, 1892 (catalogue reference: COPY 1/409)

29 January 2014


This two-hour event with the novelist and academic Celia Brayfield offers advice on writing a work of fiction based on your genealogy, focussing on some of the most influential novels in the genre. These include The Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa and Hideous Kinky by Esther Freud.

Our family histories can provide richly detailed sources of inspiration for fiction, but writing a novel drawn from your own ancestry can also present exceptional challenges. Real life seldom follows a neat narrative arc. This event is designed to provide guidance and inspiration at every stage of the writing process.

  • Part 1 will consider the specific issues of writing fiction from family history, including negotiating between fact and fiction, choosing a point of view and constructing a satisfying narrative
  • Part 2 will focus on set texts and discover how leading writers have met these challenges

This is a ticketed event, price £15 - book your place now.

Celia Brayfield is the author of nine novels which have enjoyed both critical acclaim and commercial success. She also teaches Creative Writing at Brunel University in West London and at Bath Spa University.

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