A Night in with Nick Blackburn
In conversation with Katherine Angel, to mark the publication of The Reactor
I tore the arse of my pyjamas one morning, about a year before he died, and my father sewed it up perfect in a few minutes, just like that. I was looking at them this morning actually, his line of white stitches. It's beautiful really. They've held.
After the sudden death of his father, Nick Blackburn embarked on a singular, labyrinthine journey to understand his loss. Without memories of a father-son relationship that held formative meaning, it was at times a desperately lonely mission. How do you create an existence when all you can see is a void?
Join Nick for this virtual event as he travels a vast panorama of ideas and characters to offer an entirely new exploration of grief. Through philosophy, music, fashion, psychology, art and film, Nick shares a crystalline, inventive account of loss and a journey to recognition of grief’s destructive and creative possibilities.
This is an event about looking for and finding chain reactions and human connection - a work of enduring fragmentary beauty.
‘One of the finest accounts of the mysterious workings of grief I have ever read.' Helen Macdonald
'Beautiful, strange and completely compelling.' Olivia Laing