Writing about your life would be a difficult thing for most of us to undertake. To write about events that have happened and feelings you have felt and love that you have lost is a skilful thing, and a lot of emotional energy is used in the process. So just how do you piece together a memoir and then get it published? This panel event brings together authors Sarah Aspinall, Gavanndra Hodge and Clover Stroud who share their unconventional and very moving life stories. Join us live in the audience as we discuss life, love, loss and how you even begin to write about the impact of events that shape your world. Bring your questions!

Sarah Aspinall - Author


Sarah Aspinall is an award-winning filmmaker, producing and directing documentaries for BBC, C4 and other major broadcasters. Her films have explored the worlds of Philip Roth, Andy Warhol, Anais Nin, Saul Bellow, The Coen Brothers, Rod Stewart, the Beach Boys, and Leonardo da Vinci, to name but a few. They have delved into the mysteries of JD Salinger’s reclusiveness, the cover up of the Windscale Nuclear reactor fire, and the truth about Charles Dickens’s secret lover. Her filming has taken her on several trips around India and the US, across Mexico and up the Nile and given her the fun of working in small teams and all the camaraderie that brings. This way of life would have perhaps been welcomed by her mother, Audrey, who felt destined to break free from poverty and utilised unconventional methods to do so. Sarah’s book Diamonds at the Lost and Found is an open love letter to Audrey, revealing how Sarah eventually freed herself from her mother’s gravitational pull to carve out a destiny of her own. A beguiling testament to dreams, defying convention and exasperated love.

Gavanndra Hodge - Author


Writer and journalist Gavanndra Hodge has worked in newspapers and magazines for over twenty years, including ES Magazine and Tatler, where she was deputy editor and acting editor. In 2018 she left Tatler and is now a freelance writer, contributing to The Sunday Times, The Times, The Telegraph and ES Magazine. But her precarious upbringing and a tragic event could have taken her life in a different direction entirely. When Gavanndra was just seven, she would extinguish smouldering cigarettes from her hairdresser father (who doubled as a drug dealer) and her mother (an alcoholic ex-model) during their hazy nights. Then, when Gavanndra was fourteen, her nine-year-old sister Candy died suddenly, and Gavanndra watched her already fractured family implode. A huge critical success, The Consequences of Love follows Gavanndra on her journey to rediscover the memory of her lost sister Candy, unlocking hair-raising tales about her unconventional and bohemian childhood on the way. Expect loss and trauma, addiction and betrayal, but ultimately the redemptive power of love.

Clover Stroud - Author


Clover Stroud is a writer and journalist writing for the Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, and Conde Nast Traveller, among others. But her life before becoming a writer saw her navigate many challenges. Deeply affected by a tragic accident which left her mother brain damaged when Clover was just sixteen years old, tragedy was to strike the family again many years later, causing Clover to both lose and find herself. Now living in Oxfordshire with her husband and five children, her touching, provocative and profoundly insightful book captures a sense of what motherhood really feels like – how intense, sensuous, joyful, boring, profound and dark it can be. My Wild and Sleepless Nights examines what it means to be a mother, and reveals with unflinching honesty the many conflicting emotions that this entails: the joy and the wonder, the loneliness and despair.