The Baillie Gifford Prize Winner | Katherine Rundell | Online

Sat 14 Jan - Mon 30 Jan 2023

Baillie Gifford Prize Winner 2022
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The winner of this year’s prize, Katherine Rundell joined us for an exclusive interview.

About the winner

Super-Infinite | Katherine Rundell (Published by Faber & Faber)

John Donne lived myriad lives. Sometime religious outsider and social disaster, sometime celebrity preacher and establishment darling, John Donne was incapable of being just one thing. He was a scholar of law, a sea adventurer, an MP, a priest, the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral – and perhaps the greatest love poet in the history of the English language. He converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, was imprisoned for marrying a highborn girl without her father’s consent, struggled to feed a family of ten children and was often ill and in pain. He was a man who suffered from black surges of sadness, yet expressed in his verse electric joy and love. From a standout scholar, a biography of John Donne: the poet of love, sex, and death. In Super-Infinite, Katherine Rundell embarks on a fleet-footed ‘act of evangelism’, showing us the many sides of Donne’s extraordinary life, his obsessions, his blazing words, and his tempestuous Elizabethan times – unveiling Donne as the most remarkable mind and as a lesson in living.

Katherine Rundell will be in conversation with judge critic and broadcaster Georgina Godwin.

 

 

 

 

 

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

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The Judges

Caroline Sanderson is joined by writer and science journalist Laura Spinney, critic and writer for The Observer Rachel Cooke, BBC journalist and presenter Clive Myrie, the author and New Yorker writer Samanth Subramanian, and the critic and broadcaster Georgina Godwin.