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Univ in the Arts

The Craft of Confession – Where Memoir meets Imagination
Rebecca Mead (1985, English), journalist and author, in conversation with novelist Amanda Brookfield (1979, English)
Thursday, 18 November 2021, 6-8.30pm
 (or 6.30-7.45pm if the event moves online)
The Music Room, Killik & Co, 46 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3HN

The event will take place at The Music Room, Killik & Co, London and can be attended in person. It will also be broadcast live to a virtual audience via Zoom.

“Studying journalism in a classroom, it turned out, was mostly absurd.” Rebecca Mead

Univ in the Arts is delighted to invite you to its third event of 2021, in which The New Yorker staff writer and acclaimed memoirist, Rebecca Mead, and novelist Amanda Brookfield, will unpack some of the secrets, demands and inspirations behind writing for different audiences.

After graduating from Univ and acquiring a master’s in journalism at NYU Rebecca Mead quickly rose through the ranks from fact-checker to features writer at New York Magazine and joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1997. Erudite, thought-provoking, accessible, Rebecca Mead’s work is impossible to pigeonhole. Like her own literary lodestar, George Eliot – the thread and theme of her bestselling memoir, The Road to Middlemarch: My life with George Eliot (Granta Books, 2014) – no subject is too small or too big for Mead’s scrutiny and illumination.

Amanda Brookfield worked as a journalist for many years and is the author of 17 novels as well as a memoir. Her conversation with Rebecca, followed by questions from the audience, promises to unearth fascinating insights into the multi-faceted and at times perilously self-revealing craft of fermenting facts into art.

We very much hope that you will join us on Thursday, 18 November 2021. Either in person at: The Music Room, 46 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3HN

6pm: Welcome drinks & nibbles
6.30pm: Presenters’ conversation and Q&A
7.45-8.30pm: Reception

Tickets: £15 (£10 for young Univ)

N.B. If strict Covid-regulations are reimposed, the event will just be held virtually. To avoid losses when refunding tickets, the College will refund the ticket fee minus costs incurred by the transaction. We thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Virtual event tickets: £5
6.30pm: start

Please click here to register.


Rebecca Mead (1985, English)
Rebecca Mead’s undergraduate studies at Univ were followed by a master’s degree in journalism at NYU. She worked as a fact-checker, then features writer for New York Magazine and joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1997. Among the many subjects she has profiled for the magazine are Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margaret Atwood, Ivo van Hove, Joanna Hogg, and Mary Beard. She has written more than two hundred Talk of the Town stories and is a frequent contributor of essays and commentary to newyorker.com. She is the author of My Life in Middlemarch (2014), a New York Times bestseller; and One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding (2007). In 2018, Mead returned to England after three decades of living in New York City. Her book about that transition, Home/Land, will be published in February 2022.

Amanda Brookfield (1979, English)
Amanda Brookfield worked in advertising for three years before moving to Argentina and embarking on a career as a freelance journalist and author.

Published most recently by Penguin and Boldwood Books, she has written 17 novels, including Relative Love, Good Girls and The Other Woman; a memoir, For the Love of a Dog; and numerous articles and short stories.

In 2018-19 she returned to college as Univ’s inaugural “Visitor in the Creative Arts”, organising creative writing events for students on subjects ranging from poetry to screenwriting, as well as a publisher-sponsored competition to find “Univ’s Next Novelist”.

Amanda is founder-member and Chair of Univ in the Arts.

Please note that audio, photographs and video footage may be taken throughout our events. These may be used by the College for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media or in any third party publication.

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