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Marian Keyes at WOW: Again, Rachel

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Sat 12 Mar 2022, 6pm
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Literature & poetry
From £25
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Marian Keyes at WOW, author
Dean Chalkley

The 25-year wait is over: hear the much-loved novelist in conversation with Kit de Waal on her new book, the sequel to the unforgettable Rachel’s Holiday.

Marian Keyes appears in conversation at WOW – Women of the World on Again, Rachel: the sequel we didn’t know would happen, but millions of us hoped would!

Keyes’ 15th novel is the sequel to Rachel’s Holiday, 25 years after the 1.5-million-copy bestseller was published.

The author of some of the most widely loved, genre-defying novels of the past 30 years, Keyes has amassed millions of fans around the world, who are irresistibly drawn by her warmth and wit, fearless honesty, relatable characters and relationships, and sheer storytelling magic.

Keyes has used her platform to raise some of the most challenging issues of our time, including addiction, immigration, depression, domestic violence and the Repeal the Eighth campaign.

Keyes has inspired and entertained not only countless readers but also the next generation of writers. She is a passionate champion of storytellers everywhere, playing an active role in encouraging new voices.

She has been the chair of judges for the Comedy Women in Print prize, a sponsor of the Curtis Brown Creative Marian Keyes scholarship, and most recently ran her own hugely popular Instagram Live series, bringing free creative writing courses to thousands of viewers.

Kit de Waal, born to an Irish mother and Caribbean father, was brought up among the Irish community of Birmingham in the 1960s and 1970s. Her debut novel, My Name Is Leon, was an international bestseller. Her memoir, Without Warning and Only Sometimes, is released in August 2022.

Join Keyes and WOW at this very special evening to talk about writing, laughter, feminism, joy and expectation.

Part of WOW – Women of the World festival.

WOW festivals celebrate women, girls and non-binary people, take a frank look at the obstacles they face and discuss opportunities for change.

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This event is British Sign Language interpreted (BSL) and Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT).

If you require BSL interpretation, please email the Southbank Centre Ticket Office on [email protected] to arrange your seating.

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Dates & times

Sat 12 Mar 2022, 6pm

Price

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  • Concessions25%**


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An accessible toilet is located in the foyer.

A Changing Places toilet is located on Level 1 Royal Festival Hall next to the JCB Glass Lift, for the exclusive use of disabled people who need personal assistance to use the toilet.

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