Max Porter: Pen Portraits
- Tue 24 Aug 19:00 - 20:00
- Baillie Gifford Theatre (in West Court)
Pay what you can to watch online. Available to watch any time.
Attend in person
His first two short novels, Grief is the Thing with Feathers and Lanny, underline Max Porter’s ability to paint vivid mental pictures with words. Now Porter has turned his attention to the last days of a famous British painter. The Death of Francis Bacon – somewhere between fiction and prose-poem – seeks not only to evoke the artist’s thoughts, but also to ‘write’ his paintings. It’s certainly not a biography of Bacon, but perhaps in imagining its way into the painter’s mind it tells as much about his art as a catalogue raisonné would. In what Stuart Kelly has called ‘a powerful stiletto of a book’, Porter has created an allusive, fragmentary and vividly poetic conversation which is sympathetic, intimate and at times very funny. For example, in response to John Berger’s critique that Bacon is ‘very remarkable but not finally important,’ Porter imagines the artist’s waspish response: ‘Oh naff off, you skag.’ Today he discusses the joy of the artist’s influence on his own work with Director of the Design Museum, Tim Marlow.
This is a live event, with an author Q&A. If buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, the author will take part remotely and you’ll see them on a large screen in the venue. After the event, Max Porter will be doing a virtual book signing via Zoom. Buy his book in our online Festival Bookshop and select 'Meet The Author' to book your place.