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
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.
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Dates & Times
Saturday 12 November, 20227:30pm