Lorna Gibb

Childless Voices

The readings for the Festival of Ideas come from Childless Voices and illustrate three different experiences of global childlessness, framed within the context of how the pain and difficulty of the involuntary childless experience may be overlooked and forgotten during a pandemic.



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About Lorna Gibb

Lorna Gibb is head of Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire. She is an award-winning author and published four non-fiction books and a novel, A Ghost's Story (2017).

She was the winner of the Granta Memoir Prize, for her short memoir, The Two Gardens and was shortlisted for the Sperber prize in the United States for her biography of Dame Rebecca West.

Lorna’s novel was hailed as a Foyles Choice and described as ‘an intriguing, well-researched debut about truth and illusion, reality and the world of the spirit’ in the Daily Mail (2015) and was Book of the Year in The Herald, Glasgow (2015) and in Elle.

Her most recent book Childless Voices (2019) melds a memoir of her own experience of involuntary childlessness with interviews and stories of the childless and child free experience internationally.

Lorna’s short form writing includes reviews, articles, features and short stories for Red Magazine, the Mail, Diva Magazine, the Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Granta Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine and Porterhouse Review.

She has been a guest speaker at Universities, both in the UK and internationally, given a British Council lecture tour, and read at literary events and festivals including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Wilderness Festival, Dartington Ways with Words, Aye Write festival, and Charleston Literary festival.

She is currently working on a book about the world's esoteric and threatened languages, entitled Rare Tongues, for Atlantic books. Lorna is represented by Peter Straus at RCW.

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