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Behind The Spine

ELIZABETH TALKS TO MARK HEYWOOD

After the death of his wife, Emma, Thomas Hardy discovered and read her diaries, and later burnt them. What did they contain? Elizabeth offers a fresh perspective in conversation with Behind the Spine, a podcast which presents new learning opportunities for writers.

Talking location with Elizabeth Lowry

CORNWALL AND DORSET

Follow Elizabeth from St Juliot to Higher Bockhampton with TripFiction, the website that makes it easy to match a location with a book, and find out how (and where) Thomas Hardy wrote and loved.

Travel to Thomas Hardy country

THE CHOSEN BOOKTRAIL

We head to Dorset and a few other places besides, as Elizabeth takes us on her very own Hardy journey. Get your boarding pass and join her on a trip to the locations in The Chosen at The BookTrail, the website for literary travel.

“Do you see yourself as a writer of historical fiction?”

STORIES, OLD AND NEW

Elizabeth chats to Bookphace about why she chose Thomas Hardy’s marriage as a subject for her new novel The Chosen, the challenges of writing about the past, and lots more.

Top 10 difficult marriages in fiction

CODEPENDENCY, CHEATING AND DOWNRIGHT CRAZINESS 

To celebrate the publication of The Chosen, Elizabeth selects her top ten books about coupledom gone wrong for The Guardian.

The Chosen

PUBLICATION 14 APRIL 2022 

The Chosen, Elizabeth’s new novel about the marriage of Thomas and Emma Hardy, is out now. It’s a love story and a ghost story that searches the mysterious spaces between man and wife; memory and regret; love and art.

HWA Crown Awards 2019

GOLD CROWN LONGLIST 

Bowled over at seeing Dark Water included in the longlist for the Historical Writers’ Association’s Gold Crown for the best historical novel of 2019. Congratulations to all the nominees!

Read more about this year’s longlist in Historia Magazine.

BBC Proms Plus

PODCAST 

Elizabeth joins Matthew Sweet and Iain Sinclair at Proms Plus for a spine-chilling discussion of Edgar Allan Poe, whose poetry inspired Rachmaninov’s The Bells – and to read from Dark Water. Listen to the podcast here.

Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

LONGLIST FOR THE TENTH PRIZE ANNOUNCED

So delighted that Dark Water was longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2019. With huge thanks to the judges, and many congratulations to all the writers recognised by the prize this year – it was wonderful to be in such brilliant company. Read more in The Bookseller

Top 10 books about psychiatry

MISDIAGNOSES AND CRACKPOT THERAPIES

Elizabeth Lowry’s pick for The Guardian of her top ten books about the treatment of mental illness.

Boats, Boston and Nantucket book trail

1833: MUTINY, SURVIVAL, EVEN HEROISM – BUT AT WHAT COST?

Take a journey to mid nineteenth-century Massachusetts in the earliest days of mind-doctoring, and uncover disturbing secrets that lie in the dark water of the unconscious.

Click here to follow Dark Water‘s book trail.

The landscape of Dark Water

RITES OF PASSAGE

Elizabeth Lowry tells H for History how the Massachusetts coastline inspired the setting for Dark Water.

“Man is a mixed-up creature”

FROM NOTEBOOK TO BOOKSHELF

Bookphace asks Elizabeth Lowry how she came by the idea for Dark Water, and takes a peek at her writing routine and future plans.

From The Library Shelf

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Events

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Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival

HISTORICAL REIMAGININGS: 16 SEPTEMBER 2022

Join Elizabeth at Budleigh Salterton on 16 September for the leading literary festival in the south west, where she’ll be speaking about The Chosen, and the challenges of writing novels created from fact, together with author Stephen May. Venue: Public Hall. Time: 12:00 to 13:00. Tickets available now.

Wessex Museums Online Talk

‘WOMAN MUCH MISSED’: 29 SEPTEMBER 2022

To tie in with the four Wessex Museums’ major Hardy’s Wessex exhibition, Elizabeth will be talking about the people and places in her novel online on 29 September at 19:00. You can book this talk here.

Dorchester Literary Festival

17 OCTOBER 2022

Elizabeth will be talking about her new novel, The Chosen, set in Max Gate, Dorchester, at the Dorchester Literary Festival on 17 October from 12:00 to 13:00.

Venue: Dorset County Museum, High West Street, DT1 1XA.

Tickets will be on sale from 30 August.

Ilkley Literature Festival

20 OCTOBER 2022

Come and hear Elizabeth in conversation about The Chosen at the Ilkley Literature Festival on 20 October from 19:30 to 20:30.

More details soon.

Keele Hall Readings

DARK WATER: AN EVENING AT KEELE UNIVERSITY

Thank you to the fantastic English and Creative Writing department at Keele University, where Elizabeth read from Dark Water in April in the Keele Hall Readings series.

Essex Book Festival 2019

WITH THANKS TO EPPING LIBRARY

It was a pleasure to speak about Dark Water, hunger, madness, and the will to survive at the Essex Book Festival in March. A warm thank you to the wonderful staff at Epping Library, and to an engaged and enthusiastic audience of Essex readers!

 

Triple-threat woman: the letters of Sylvia Plath

INSIGHTS INTO THE LIFE AND WORK OF A GREAT WRITER

In October 2018 Elizabeth chaired this landmark event at the British Library on Volume II of the Letters of Sylvia Plath. She was joined by the editors, Karen Kukil and Peter Steinberg, and leading Plath scholars Heather Clark and Mark Ford, in taking a lively look at Plath’s correspondence from 1956 to 1963.

Elizabeth Lowry talks about…

HER NEW NOVEL, DARK WATER

Elizabeth chats to Kat Orman on BBC Radio Oxford about ships, being an Oxfordshire writer, and the publication of Dark Water. Aired on 19 September 2018.