Spoken word & Live literature

Max Porter: Lanny

The author gives a world-exclusive dramatic reading of his follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with Feathers: Lanny

Lanny is a story about a family whose village is peopled by the living and the dead. It’s a story about a boy with a gift for friendship and the traces of enchantment he leaves in the closely woven lives around him.

Observing it all, and orchestrating a spellbinding tapestry of voices, is Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber and is searching for his favourite. He is looking for the boy. Lanny.

Immerse yourself in a live performance about art, myth and the extraordinary strangeness of everyday life. It features a cast of actors who conjure the voices of English village life past and present, led by one of the most exciting literary talents to emerge in recent years.

Max Porter’s debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marked the arrival of a thrilling new talent.

Written with disarming tenderness, mordant wit and dazzling virtuosity, the novel received numerous awards including the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Sunday Times/Peters, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year and the Europese Literatuurprijs.

Dates & times

28 Feb 2019
Approximate run time: 90 mins
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Purcell Room


Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Event information
Signed copies of Lanny are available to buy for £9.99 (original price £12.99) one week ahead of the UK publication date, when you buy a ticket to this event. You can collect your copy at the event.