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Narratives in the Frame

Stories within Stories - Talk and reading by Maude Casey

Prose writer Maude Casey gives us a writer's view of stories within stories and follows with readings that tease us with the question - who's listening?

Her first novel Over the Water was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, The Whitbread Book Award and was a Feminist Book Fortnight’s Selected Twenty title. In current work Maude Casey concentrates on moving beyond the agency of borders. She is exploring the uses made of framing devices by people who had hitherto moved in the margins.

Her current work is a series of short fictions, which may be linked or interconnected by narrator, symbol or voice. The connectedness of the relay baton; the two sides of the inscription on an ogham stone; the vase; the veil; the feast; the patterns and cutting of fabric; dance, song and the sound of the human voice may be some of the myriad connecting or framing devices.

Using Anish Kapoor’s 1000 Names 1979-80 and Blood Relations as her starting point, Maude Casey will create her own framing narrative to discuss and read from a range of texts, including 1001 Nights, Wuthering Heights, The Ancient Mariner, Frankenstein, The Tain and The Bloody Chamber.


Maude Casey | talks


Date and Time:

16 April 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



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