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Poet in the City is delighted to invite you to an event marking National Adoption Week and featuring two celebrated authors who have written compellingly about their own experiences of adoption. The experience of adoption is difficult for all sides of the adoption triangle but willing parents are still needed for the very many 'children who wait' in Britain today. If you are an adopted person, an adoptive parent, or simply interested in children or in poetry then do not miss this moving, funny and thought provoking evening.
Jeanette Winterson is the author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1985), The Passion (1987) and many other novels including two books for children, Tanglewreck (2007) and The Battle of the Sun (2009). She will be reading from her new memoir about her childhood and the effects of adoption in a creative life. Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? is published by Jonathan Cape on 27 October 2011.
Jackie Kay's first book of poetry The Adoption Papers (1991) is an emotional account of her early life. More recently, she is the author of Red Dust Road (2010) – the story of finding her birth father and mother – and Fiere (2011 - both Picador), a book of poems coming out of that experience.
The event will be chaired by Margaret Reynolds, Professor of English at Queen Mary, University of London, presenter of BBC Radio 4 'Adventures in Poetry', and the author of The Sappho History (2003). She is also an adoptive mother.
Tube: Bethnal Green, Central Line, Zone 2.
If you would like to purchase tickets for this exciting event on Thursday 3 November 2011, please contact the box office at the V&A Museum of Childhood:
Call 020 8983 5205
Lines open Monday – Friday 9am-4pm. Payment taken by credit or debit card at time of booking. Tickets to be posted out. Refunds available up to 24 hours before the event.
For more information visit www.museumofchildhood.org.uk
Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start time. Paid bar will be located in the Front Room Gallery.
A book signing will take place for ticket holders after the readings. All bookings will be confirmed by letter or email. This event is likely to be very popular indeed so please be sure to book your tickets now to avoid disappointment!
Please note – some of the material in this event may be unsuitable for young children.
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