How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

Birmingham Literature Festival

Date and time
05 Oct 2019 (6:00pm - 7:00pm)

The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


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How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

In conversation with Sathnam Sanghera

Failure, as much as it hurts, is an important part of life. In fact, failure is necessary. It’s how we learn some of the greatest lessons that life can teach us.

Based on her hugely successful podcast of the same name, journalist and writer Elizabeth Day presents her new book How to Fail, a brilliantly funny, painfully honest and insightful celebration of the things that haven’t gone right. It's a book about learning from our mistakes and about not being afraid.

"If I have learned one thing from this shockingly beautiful venture called life, it is this: failure has taught me lessons I would never otherwise have understood. I have evolved more as a result of things going wrong than when everything seemed to be going right. Out of crisis has come clarity, and sometimes even catharsis."

Part memoir, part manifesto, and including chapters on dating, work, sport, babies, families, anger and friendship, it is based on the simple premise that understanding why we fail ultimately makes us stronger.

Elizabeth will be in conversation with writer, journalist and Birmingham Literature Festival 2018 Guest Curator Sathnam Sanghera, who was one of Elizabeth’s first guests on the How to Fail podcast.

About the speakers:

Elizabeth Day is a journalist and author of four novels. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. Her third, Paradise City, was named of the best novels of 2015 in the Evening Standard, and The Party was a Richard & Judy book club pick. She is also an award-winning journalist and has written extensively for The Times, The Telegraph, the Guardian, the Observer, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE. She is currently a columnist for YOU Magazine. Elizabeth is also the host of the hugely successful How To Fail With Elizabeth Day podcast.

Sathnam Sanghera is an award-winning journalist with The Times and has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards twice, for his memoir The Boy With The Topknot and his novel Marriage Material. He recently presented the critically-acclaimed documentary The Massacre That Shook The Empire on Channel 4. He was the 2018 Guest Curator for Birmingham Literature Festival.

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