Jenni Fagan

A Chat with the Patron Saint of Literary Street Urchins

Thursday 27th August


While we look forward to the much-anticipated release of her new novel, Luckenbooth, the multitalented Jenni Fagan – once dubbed the ‘patron saint of literary street urchins’ by the New York Times – treats us to a discussion about her work and career, sharing updates on current and future projects, as well as some of her spellbinding poetry. We talk about subjects as varied as truth, witchcraft, and the redemptive power of words.

Please note Jenni’s video will only be available to watch on the day of the event.

How to watch this event

This event starts at 5:30pm on Thursday 27th August. To watch the event just visit this page at the start time and you'll be able to watch the event for free.

Subtitles/Closed Captions

If you would like to access YouTube's automated subtitles while you're watching the event, just click on the small 'CC' icon, which you'll see at the bottom right of your video screen, and then the subtitles should appear for you. Please note that as these are automated they are not always 100% reliable.

Audience participation

Jenni Fagan will be online during her event screening to answer questions from the audience. Simply type a question via Twitter by tagging @Jenni_Fagan in your tweet and using the hashtag #IBF2020.


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About the speaker

Jenni Fagan is an award-winning poet and novelist. She is the author of three novels and five poetry collections, including the much-acclaimed debut The Panopticon, which Jenni adapted for last year’s stage production by the National Theatre of Scotland. Her screenplay for The Panopticon is being made by Sixteen Films, the stage play saw a sold-out run with National Theatre of Scotland. Fagan has been on lists including Granta Best of Young British Novelists, James Tait Black, Dublin Impact, BBC Short Story Prize among others. Her work is translated in nine languages. Her much-anticipated forthcoming novel, Luckenbooth, is out next year.

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