ART AND ISOLATION
Are artistic temperament and loneliness linked? Julia Blackburn’s Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske and Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City are meditations on art, loss, creativity and the solitary state. Threads is a quest for an undiscovered genius, the reclusive Norfolk fisherman who became an artist. “This is a book to remind you that wonders are scattered like jewels in the most ordinary places” (The Times). Laing’s Lonely City is New York, where she immersed herself in the work of artists including Hopper and Warhol: “Laing is a masterful biographer, memoirist and critic” (Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk). Chaired by Nicolette Jones, critic and journalist.
Supported by The Ondaatje Foundation