Writing an honest and deeply personal memoir takes a certain degree of courage, and the journey can be fraught. In Lil O’Brien’s Not That I’d Kiss a Girl, she movingly recounts the fallout from her parents’ accidental discovery of her sexual orientation; literary star Charlotte Grimshaw embarks on a search for familial truth and a parental accounting in The Mirror Book; and prizewinning children’s author Kyle Mewburn charts her lifelong feeling of being somehow wrong – like “strawberry jam in a spinach can” – and her remarkable transformation from husband to woman in Faking It. Join these three brave writers for a discussion of stories told, lives exposed, and the dynamics of revealing the personal, in these remarkable works. Chaired by Claire Mabey.

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Last updated: 10 March 2021