The Galley Club

Fact or fiction: Why the divide? | Anna Faherty

Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at The Water Rats, Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross.

Fiction or non-fiction? It’s the first decision we make when we enter a bookshop and it defines many of our reading identities. But why, in an age of ‘curation’, does everyone cling to this divide? At best, it helps us know what we’re getting. At worst, it hinders book discovery.
Anna’s talk challenges how publishers and booksellers develop, label and present stories of all kinds, both on and offline; she blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction, shaking up bookshop tables and sharing her passion for ‘generous browsing’. An evening of diverse and provocative ponderings, from Netflix algorithms to the power of story and the right way to do curation.

Anna Faherty is an award-winning researcher, writer and teacher who has worked in publishing for over 25 years. Anna now collaborates with publishers and museums on an eclectic range of print, exhibition and digital projects. She teaches on publishing and writing courses at City University, Kingston University, Oxford Brookes University, University of the Arts and UCL. Her book States of Mind is a genre-busting anthology of science, philosophy, fiction and art published by Wellcome Collection.

Anna tweets as @mafunyane

PressRelease – Anna Faherty – @GalleyClub 5 Feb 2019

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