Tyneside Cinema is proud to welcome acclaimed author Rebecca Solnit to the cinema to discuss her new book Recollections of My Nonexistence.
A thrilling portrait of the emergence of an artist, Recollections of My Nonexistence describes Solnit’s formation as a writer and as a feminist in 1980s San Francisco. A time of gender violence and the exclusion of women from the centres of cultural power, Solnit describes her experience of being poor, hopeful, and adrift in a city that would become her great teacher. At the centre of this lies the small apartment that, at age nineteen, would become the home in which she would transform herself; and the punk music that would give form and voice to her own fury and explosive energy.
Solnit recalls her growing recognition of the epidemic of violence against women, the reality of street harassment, the trauma that would change her, and the authority figures who routinely disdained and disbelieved girls and women, including her. Looking back, she sees these events and social forces as consequences of the voicelessness that was and still is the ordinary condition of women, and how she herself contended with these realities whilst becoming a writer, as well as a public voice for women’s rights.
Rebecca Solnit will be in conversation with Leena Norms, and a book signing will take place after the event. This event is presented with New Writing North.
Rebecca Solnit is the author of, among other books, Men Explain Things to Me, Wanderlust, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, the NBCC award-winning River of Shadows, and A Paradise Built In Hell. A contributing editor to Harper’s, she writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times.
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