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Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk - foto Siemon Scammell-Katz
Rachel Cusk - foto Siemon Scammell-Katz

(Canada, 1967) has written more than ten novels, including the Outline trilogy (Outline, Transit and Kudos), and four non-fiction works, including Coventry: Essays. In 2021 Second Place was published, a dark, bittersweet novel that was also widely acclaimed and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. "Cusk has emerged as a writer to be afraid of," said Marja Pruis in De Groene Amsterdammer. "As she gets older, she puts both literature and herself on edge." Cusk writes with raw honesty about motherhood, femininity, and her own marriage and divorce. Her work has won many prizes, and in 2003 Granta chose her as one of the Best Young British Novelists. Cusk lives in Londen and Norfolk.

(WN 2023)

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  • Winternachten 2023

    The World According to Cusk

    With: Fleur Speet, Ianthe Mosselman, Meral Polat, Niña Weijers, Rachel Cusk, Sophie van Winden

    On the afternoon of Sunday 12 March, a world-renowned writer came to The Hague: English author Rachel Cusk. She was interviewed by Dutch writer Niña Weijers on her books and themes. The event in Zaal 1 was framed by readings from Cusk's oeuvre by actress Sophie van Winden and musical performances by actor and singer Meral Polat accompanied on piano by Chris Doyle. An after-programme in the foyer included two mini-lectures by authors Ianthe Mosselman and Fleur Speet reflecting on elements of Cusks work, and also book sales and signing.

    Rachel Cusk, arguably today's most important English-language writer, authored the non-fiction books A Life's Work (2001), Aftermath (2012) and Coventry (2019), and the novels Arlington Park (2006), the phenomenal Outline trilogy (Outline, Transit, Kudos, 2014-2018) and Second Place (2021).

    Niña Weijers spoke with Rachel Cusk about occupying space: as a writer, a woman, a narrator, a character, and about being sent to 'Coventry.' About being seen, being recognised. About art and its effect on a 'self.' About being a woman in different stages of life. About constantly reinventing yourself as a writer.

    After-programme: mini-lectures by Ianthe Mosselman and Fleur Speet
    The foyer programme (16:15-16:45 hyours) consisted of two (Dutch spoken, English version projections) mini-lectures. Ianthe Mosselman, author of Al die liefde en woede (2022), will reflect on Cusk's A Life's Work (2001). Fleur Speet gave a mini-lecture on Lorenzo in Taos, the 1932 book by Mabel Dodge Luhan that is the major inspiration behind Cusk's most recent international bestseller Second Place (2021).

    Day ticket: also visit the evening programme Literary Focus: Ukraine
    The World According to Cusk was followed on Sunday 12 March, as of 19:30h in Theater aan het Spui, by the, also English spoken, Winternachten festival evening programme Literary focus: Ukraine.
    A reduced price day ticket for both festival programmes on 12 March was available.

    Bookstore De Vries van Stockum was present in the lobby with a stand offering books by participating authors of this programme, among others — including signing opportunities!