News: Hay Festival of Literature Events โ€“ Damian Barr talks to India Knight

Hay Festival

Following on from my previous blog post, our second event at the Hay Festival was Damian Barr talks to India Knight.

India is a British journalist and author of fiction and non fiction. Damian was here discussing India’s latest book Mutton.

Here’s the blurb:


What’s a woman to do when she wakes up one morning and finds an enormous freak-wrinkle bisecting her forehead? When she walks past the buildings site and nothing happens? When she catches the eye of a nice young man and is rewarded with a kind, patient, for-granny smile?

Clara Hutt, 46, feels herself to be in her absolute prime. She is chipper. Her sap is rising mightily, as it happens. But then her friend Gaby comes back from California and moves in with her. Gaby is no stranger to Los Angeles’s more invasive cosmetic procedures. She may be pushing 50 but she looks 35. And Clara wonders: should she follow suit? A little Botox, a little filler, a little nip, a little tuck . . . but where to stop? And is nostril-waxing ever a good idea?

The basis of the discussion was about women’s obsessions with their looks as they get older, the desire to look younger yet still withering on the inside and how some reach for the surgeon’s knife or injections of various chemicals (ie botox)ย and India discussed her own disaster experience of botox.

Also discussed, was the difference between men and women in their 50’s starting new relationships and the perception others have us. Ie it’s now cool for an older man to keep his grey hair and be known as a ‘silver fox’ but this doesn’t apply to women.

India revealed she’s thinking of writing a self help guide to being 40 / 50 and a guide to the menopause. I’ve not read any of India’s books so don’t know here writing style but having listened to her here, I don’t know how serious these would be, they’d probably come with a large slice of humour ๐Ÿ™‚

These two were great together, there seemed to be a really comfortable rapport between them and it was like no question could be asked and answered. So, overall, a great way to spend an hour, chuckling over things we’ve all thought about and stressed about.

Will definitely be back to Hay next year and will be more organised to attend more events.