In Conversation | Helen Macdonald, Sin Blaché & Isabel Waidner | Granta

In Conversation

Isabel Waidner, Helen Macdonald & Sin Blaché

‘How does a writer transform a familiar object or character into an instrument of horror?’

Helen Macdonald, Sin Blaché and Isabel Waidner on defamiliarisation, multiple dimensions and constructing characters

Isabel Waidner

Isabel Waidner is a writer based in London. They are the author of Corey Fah Does Social Mobility, Sterling Karat Gold, We Are Made of Diamond Stuff and Gaudy Bauble. They are the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2021 and were shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2019, the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction in 2022 and the Republic of Consciousness Prize in 2018, 2020 and 2022. They are a co-founder of the event series Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and they are an academic in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London.

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Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a writer, naturalist and former historian of science best-known for their award-winning 2014 memoir H is for Hawk, an account of training a goshawk following their father's sudden death. Vesper Flights, a collection of essays about our relationship to the natural world, was published in 2020, and 2023 saw the publication of Prophet, their sci-fi thriller co-written over lockdown in a collaboration with Sin Blaché. Helen has written collections of poetry and presented television documentaries for PBS and the BBC and lives in Suffolk, England, with two small green parrots called The Bugs.

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Sin Blaché

Sin Blaché is an author and musician. They have been writing horror and sci-fi stories all their life. Prophet is their first novel. Born in California, they live in the Northwest of Ireland and can be found obsessing over obscure folk instruments and playing too many video games.

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