A conversation with Katharine Norbury, widely acclaimed as one of the rising stars of British fiction, where she shared the compelling story of the way she came to write The Fish Ladder, a work that has been variously described as memoir, travelogue and nature writing.
Amit Chaudhuri sees The Fish Ladder as exemplary of the way “we use narrative to understand our place in the world”; Katharine’s detailed and hauntingly beautiful description of her journey upstream following a river from the sea to its source is also an account of her own search for identity.
Ultimately the work unfolds in a manner evocative of the observation of Britain’s former poet laureate, Andrew Motion, that nature may unfold for us how ‘the principles of earth. . . . may find a common purpose with the heart”.
(Katharine Norbury’s participation in the Festival is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Sri Lanka Tourism and Promotions Bureau.)
- Event: In Conversation with Georgina Godwin
- Participant: Katharine Norbury
- Location: Southlands College, Galle Fort
- Date: Thursday, Jan 25th, 2018
- Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Photography by The Fotocube