March 29, 2023
Instituto Español Vicente Cañada Blanch
***Limited tickets available on the door – please bring cash***
Meet the author of newly published Tomorrow, Perhaps the Future, Sarah Watling.
Sarah is a Tony Lothian Prize winner for her previous title Noble Savages. Her newest novel, Tomorrow Perhaps the Future was published in early February by Penguin. The book, reviewed in the upcoming Spring edition of La Revista, has been described as:
In her engrossing and impressive book, Sarah Watling looks at some of those women who went to war, not just to fight fascism or scratch the itch of adventure but also to show what women could do. New Statesman
Fascinating and compellingly readable. Paul Preston, author of The Spanish Holocaust
[A] fascinating study … Watling’s protagonists are flawed but brave, battling fascism with guts. Observer
The event will allow attendees to hear directly from Sarah about her book and her route to becoming an author. We will also have enough time for you to ask your own questions in a Q&A session. Refreshments will also be available.
From a prize-winning academic in our age of political divisions, this portrait of the women outsiders who took part in Spanish Civil War asks questions of solidarity and resistance
In the 1930s, women and men from across Britain, Europe and America made their way to Spain to be part of what they identified as a historic fight for freedom from fascism. Tomorrow Perhaps the Future follows a handful of extraordinary outsiders who were determined to live out their lives with courage and conviction.
Sarah Watling weaves together the journeys of the young American journalist Martha Gellhorn and the seasoned radical Josephine Herbst; the British writers and partners Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland; the aristocratic rebel Jessica Mitford and the maverick poet Nancy Cunard, drawing in their responses to the Spanish Civil War in both literature and life. She considers the wary position of Virginia Woolf, trying and failing to keep the conflict out of her family, and searches out the stories of African American nurse Salaria Kea, Jewish photographer Gerda Taro and others, tracing their decisions to face up to history.
A year into the struggle, Nancy Cunard took an urgent poll of contemporary writers asking the question straight: which side are you on? Tomorrow Perhaps the Future explores how we respond to the need to declare a side, and how we know when that moment – the moment to step forward – has arrived.
‘Now, as certainly never before, we are determined or compelled to take sides’ Nancy Cunard
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