Fri, 03 May 2024 07:45 - 09:15

Write & Shine: Ways of Seeing – Iris Murdoch (Online)

Start your day with a burst of creativity!

Join Write & Shine bright and early, live from The London Library for a 90-minute virtual writing workshop inspired by novelist Iris Murdoch, author of Under the Net (1954) and The Sea, The Sea (1978). Her work is often richly visual and, in this session, we’ll consider how imagery and colour play a vital role in her writing—and in our own.

Iris Murdoch (1919-99) had a close association with The London Library and even wrote in her diary about a romantic encounter amongst the bookshelves with future husband John Bayley: “We leaned against the shelves in the half darkness and clung to each other.”

This workshop is part of a series of morning writing sessions, led by author Gemma Seltzer, exploring the connections between image, writing and seeing in the work of former members of The London Library, as inspired by John Berger’s seminal book Ways of Seeing.

Write & Shine workshops takes place in the early morning light - the best time to think, dream and imagine! You won’t be expected to share your writing, which offers great freedom and encourages all kinds of fascinating ideas to emerge.

Login at 7.30am for 7.45am start. You will be sent a Zoom link a few days before the workshop (if you do not receive it, please check your junk file or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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