Max Porter Interview

2 May, 2016 by

Max Porter Interview

Crow flits throughout the myths we tell ourselves– trickster spirit, harbinger of death, companion to gods, holder of secrets; he will turn up whether we expect him or not.

A man, an academic, an analyst of the work of Ted Hughes, has lost his wife. He and his young boys try to understand their new life: full of commiserations, empty of a loved one. In Grief is the Thing With Feathers, Crow arrives in the role of counsellor. And the story weaves between father, sons, and crow, as they stitch a new life together.

Max Porter has crafted a spectacular debut – a deeply affecting meditation on grief, which inspires emotion rather than simply describing it. Max joined Sky Kirkham to talk about expressing loss, examining Hughes, and the relationship between siblings. Originally broadcast 31/03/16. Grief is the Thing with Feathers is out through Allen & Unwin.


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