BorderKitchen welcomes British author Julia Blackburn

22nd April 2010, Comments 0 comments

On 26 May 2010, BorderKitchen welcomes British author Julia Blackburn to present her autobiography The Three of Us, following its publication in Dutch.

This BorderKitchen session will be held in English, welcoming all internationals and lovers of literature.

Julia Blackburn’s father was the poet Thomas Blackburn, a depressive drunk and drug addict, whose vicious addiction led to violent outbursts. Her mother was the painter Rosalie de Meric, who saw her daughter as a sister, confidante, and later, as her sexual rival. Throughout her parent’s failed marriage, Julia was trapped between two fires. Years later, Blackburn became entangled in another tragic love triangle, this time when she and her mother began an affair with the same man.

The Three of Us won the prestigious PEN/Ackerley Prize 2009 for the best literary autobiography.

Blackburn is the author of several works of nonfiction, including the biographies of Napoleon (The Emperor’s Last Island) and Billie Holiday (With Billie), and of two novels, The Book of Color and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were short-listed for the Orange Prize. Her most recent book, Old Man Goya, was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

“In The Three of Us, Julia Blackburn secures the kind of forgiveness that can only come after vengeance has been taken, if only by time.” – The New York Times

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What is BorderKitchen?
BorderKitchen is an initiative brought to you by the same organisation behind the Crossing Border Festival. BorderKitchen features presentations by internationally acclaimed authors of their latest literary works. Many of the presentations are given in English, making this regular event suitable for international audiences

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