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Monmouth and Aberystwyth Groups: On Not Knowing How to Do It

5 November @ 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

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Our Aberystwyth and Monmouth local groups are joining forces on Friday 5 November from 2pm for a talk from Peter Salmon on not knowing how to do it.

Jacques Derrida once said that what terrified him about the idea of writing a book was he believed that an author had the whole text in their head before they started, and just wrote it down, from start to finish. How, he wondered, could anyone know so much? It is one of the myths of writing that has to be planned and organised, and that procrastination, wrong turns and failing to keep a notebook are roads to failure. In this session, Peter Salmon will talk about how rubbish he is at doing things right, and how it’s never stopped him. Well, mostly.

Peter Salmon’s biography of Jacques Derrida, An Event Perhaps, was described in Prospect Magazine as ‘Brilliant… A scintillating account of Derrida’s life and thought’ and in the Times as ‘Thrilling’. His first novel, The Coffee Story, was a New Statesman Book of the Year, and he has written for the Guardian, the Tablet and New Humanist.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, and we’ll use breakout rooms to chat in small groups.

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5 November
14:00 - 15:00 GMT
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Francesca Howell