Christie Watson | Quilt on Fire: The Messy Magic of Mid-Life
Sat 19 Nov 2022 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
As a former nurse Christie Watson thought she knew everything about her changing body. Yet even she was taken by surprise as her perimenopause took hold. Quilt on Fire, her fifth book, is her warm and moving account of this mid-life journey. She recounts the twists and turns of mid-life: the joy of letting go and the pain of the morning after, the unstoppable power of female friendship and the struggle to raise teenagers as a single parent.
Christie will be discussing the exhilaration, agony, wonder and fears of being a middle-aged woman with a wild heart, a changing body and a new set of challenges with journalist and broadcaster Rowan Pelling a frank and entertaining conversation is guaranteed.
‘I adore Christie Watson. Quilt on Fire is full of her trademark candour, compassion and humour. A wildly entertaining –and necessary book’– Elizabeth Day
In conversation with festival patron Rowan Pelling
Venue: Baillie Gifford Stage at Old Divinity School
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Christie Watson, a former nurse, thought she knew everything about her changing body. Yet even she was taken by surprise as her perimenopause took hold. Quilt on Fire, her fifth book, is her warm and moving account of this mid-life journey. Christie’s first novel, Tiny Sunbirds Far Away, won the Costa First Novel Award; her second, Where Women Are Kings, achieved international acclaim; and her nursing memoir, The Language of Kindness, was a 2018 Book of the Year. In 2020, during the first peak of the pandemic, Christie returned to clinical nursing, as well as publishing The Courage to Care, a vital book about the bravery of patients and families and the critical work of nurses.
Rowan Pelling is a British journalist and broadcaster who has contributed regularly to The Independent on Sunday, The Mail on Sunday, and GQ, and is now a columnist for The Daily Telegraph. She is the former editor of the monthly magazine The Erotic Review and was a judge of the Man Booker Prize in 2004.