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March 17 @ 2:00 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Fiction

The Joyce Girl (cancelled)

Annabel Abbs


The Southend Forum
Elmer Square
Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1NS
£5 (25yrs and Under)

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Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

*** Please note: this event has been cancelled due to sudden illness ***

This Patrick’s Day, we ask why was James Joyce’s daughter written out of history? In her debut novel The Joyce Girl, Annabel Abbs explores the little-known life of Lucia Joyce, daughter of James Joyce and lover of Samuel Beckett. Inspired by a true story, this is a compelling and moving account of thwarted ambition and the destructive love of a father.

Annabel Abbs studied English Literature at the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, The Joyce Girl, won the 2015 Impress Prize and was longlisted for the 2015 Bath Novel Award and the 2015 Caledonia Novel Award. She is now completing her second novel, based on the life of Frieda von Richthofen, wife and muse to D H Lawrence.

Profits from first year royalties go to YoungMinds in memory of Lucia Joyce, who spent most of her life interred in an asylum.

facebook.com/annabel.abbs  @annabelabbs


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This is a hugely impressive debut. Annabel Abbs has brought to life an extraordinary cast of characters – Joyce, Beckett et al – and painted their rackety, bohemian world in vivid technicolour. Lisa O’Kelly, Literary Editor, The Observer

An incredibly feeling and insightful glimpse into a previously overlooked yet significant life. A must-read for anyone interested in Irish literature Food for Bookworms


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