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Paul: Daisy Lafarge in Conversation with Octavia Bright
9 August 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm BST
Frances, a young graduate student, is spending a summer volunteering on an eco-farm in rural France. She is hoping that work among sprawling gardens and blissful sunshine will distract her from a scandal that dove her out of Paris, her research unfinished and her sense of self unmoored.
She soon finds herself involved with the farm’s charismatic and domineering owner, Paul. He reciprocates with overwhelming passion and as his hold over her tightens, her plans come unstuck and she finds herself entangled in a disorienting and uneven relationship. They embark on a fraught road trip across the south of France and both are forced to reckon with uncomfortable truths.
PAUL is an atmospheric and compelling story of control, passivity and the cage of being ‘good’.
Daisy Lafarge was born in Hastings and studied at the University of Edinburgh. Her poetry collection LIFE WITHOUT AIR (Granta Poetry, 2020) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her visual work has been exhibited in galleries such as Tate St Ives and Talbot Rice Gallery. PAUL, the winner of a Betty Trask Award, is her debut novel.
Dr Octavia Bright is a writer and academic. She has written criticism, fiction, and poetry for a variety of publications. She co-hosts Literary Friction, a monthly literary talk show and podcast about books and ideas, with Carrie Plitt.