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Death Festival: Letters to the Lovely Dead

Part of Death Festival

A widespread misconception sees grief as a series of defined stages that must be conquered to reach an end goal: recovery. Anyone who has lost a loved one will know this is untrue. Grief really is the price of love, and it endures because love does too. The dead remain part of our lives, not just as memories of the past but in the textures and interactions of the present. We talk to them. Sometimes we tell them things we wish we had said to them in life. This evening of performance consists of letters to the lovely and beloved dead by those mourning them.

Author Catherine Mayer writes to her close friend, TV presenter Paula Yates, whose death in 2000 was treated, like her life, as a tabloid sensation.

Novelist and screenwriter Nikesh Shukla writes to his mother, whose death coincided with the launch of Shukla's career as a writer.

Monika Radojevic, inaugural winner of Stormzy and Penguin Random House's #Merky Books New Writers' Prize, writes to the grandparents she didn't have the chance to know, like so many children of immigrants.

Image © Jo Fairley

Festival partners

Hospice UK is the charity partner of Death Festival, bringing voices, experience and expertise from its Dying Matters campaign to help change the conversation about death and dying. Death Festival is supported by DeadHappy, life insurance to die for.


General Information

Guests who use a wheelchair or experience mobility impairments are asked to call the box office on 01273 678822 or email info@attenboroughcentre.com so that we can assist you to find the best seat to suit your requirements.

Personal assistance tickets are available for free for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue. Please contact the box office on 01273 678822 or email info@attenboroughcentre.com for further information.

The Box Office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.


Dates & Times

  • Saturday 12 November, 2022
    7:30pm

Tickets

  • Adults
    £12.00
  • Concessions
    £10.00
Discount for booking multiple events: Buy tickets to any 2 events in Death Festival - get 10% off. Buy tickets to all 3 events in Death Festival (Mina Smallman in conversation, Saturday Day Pass, Letters to the Lovely Dead) - get 20% off. Discount automatically applied at checkout.
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