Joanna Walsh in conversation with Lauren Elkin - Camden Art Centre

Public Knowledge: Girl Online: A User Manual - Joanna Walsh in conversation with Lauren Elkin

To mark the launch of Girl Online: A User Manual, acclaimed author Joanna Walsh will be in conversation with Lauren Elkin to discuss several points raised in the book about ‘What happens when a woman goes online?’

Part personal essay, part feminist meditation, Walsh adopts a range of writing styles found online to explore the out-of-hours work of writing a ‘self’ online as mothers, caregivers, and gig workers in the cultural economy.

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Joanna Walsh is a multidisciplinary writer for print, digital and performance. The author of seven books, including Hotel, Vertigo, Worlds from the Word’s End and Break*up she also works as a critic, editor, teacher, and arts activist. She is a UK Arts Foundation fellow, and the recipient of the Markievicz Award in the Republic of Ireland. She founded and ran #readwomen (2014-18), described by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers” and currently runs @noentry_arts.

Lauren Elkin is a Franco-American writer and translator, the author most recently of No. 91/92: Notes on a Parisian Commute (Les Fugitives) and Flâneuse: Women Walk the City (Chatto & Windus), which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the art of the essay. Her next book, Art Monsters: On Beauty and Excess is forthcoming in 2023 (Chatto).