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Hannah Beckerman

Oxford Novels: Once Upon a River and Everything Under

Diane Setterfield and Daisy Johnson Interviewed by Hannah Beckerman

Sunday, 7 April 2019

4:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Two Oxford novelists Diane Setterfield and Daisy Johnson talk about the central themes in their new works and about their setting in the city in which they live.

They will discuss the river as a central theme in their novels, the character of the unknown child who arrives into a community and disrupts its apparent equilibrium, the theme of storytelling, how mythology infuses their fiction, and Oxford as a setting.

Setterfield’s Once Upon a River is a historical novel that revolves around an apparently drowned child who suddenly stirs back into life. Her first book, The Thirteenth Tale, sold three million copies and was turned into a television drama starring Olivia Colman and Vanessa Redgrave.

Johnson’s debut novel Everything Under is about solitary Gretel who grew up on a canal boat with a mother she has not seen since she was 16. A phone call from hospital interrupts her isolation and throws up questions from the past.

Discussions are chaired by critic and writer Hannah Beckerman, who also appears at another festival event to talk about her new novel, If Only I Could Tell You.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden