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The Spirit of a Place: A Free Thinking Royal Society of Literature Discussion.

Alan Johnson, Pascale Petit, Hisham Matar and Peter Pomerantsev - former winners of the RSL Ondaatje Prize - join Eleanor Barraclough and an audience at the British Library.

Alan Johnson, Pascale Petit, Hisham Matar & Peter Pomerantsev - former winners of the RSL Ondaatje Prize - join Eleanor Barraclough and an audience at the British Library to mark 15 years of the prize and discuss ways of evoking in writing the connections between the physical, cultural and personal landscapes of our lives.

Pascale Petit’s collection of poetry, Mama Amazonica, which explores motherhood, illness and pain through the foliage and creatures of the Amazon rainforest, won the 2018 Prize.
Peter Pomerantsev’s winning book in 2016, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, is a journey into the political and ethical landscape of modern Russia.
In 2013, former Home Secretary Alan Johnson won the Prize with This Boy, a visceral memoir of growing up poor in 1950s and 60s London.
Hisham Matar’s debut novel set within the highly charged political landscape of Libya, In the Country of Men, won in 2007.

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