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Intervals Book Reading with Marianne Brooker

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Intervals is a memoir of loss and love explores her mother’s difficult decision to stop eating and drinking in the summer of 2019. A visceral and generous exploration of care under austerity, this study is also an incisive meditation on how it might be rethought to better recognise needs and desires. This reading will be followed by discussion chaired by Birkbeck alumna Leah Sidi.


Marianne Brooker has a PhD from Birkbeck and is now based in Bristol, where she works for a charity campaigning for climate and social justice. Intervals won the 2022 Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize and was longlisted for the 2024 Women’s Prize for non-fiction. Marianne Brooker will give a short reading from Intervals, followed by a conversation with Dr Leah Sidi and questions from the audience. 


Leah Sidi is a lecturer in Health Humanities at UCL. Her research focus is on contemporary theatre and mental health, with a special focus on feminist theatre and psychoanalysis. She has been a recipient of a Feminist Review Archive Award and a Wellcome/ISSF postdoc at Birkbeck. Leah has published in Performance Research and is a regular contributor to the Institute for Medical Humanities’ The Polyphony. She is the author of Sarah Kane’s Theatre of Psychic Life (Bloomsbury, 2023).

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