20 February 2019
Talks@Willoughby presents Caro Llewellyn on her memoir Diving into Glass
Tuesday 5 March 2019, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
Hear Caro Llewellyn speak about her emotional and inspiring memoir – Diving into Glass - at Chatswood Library next month.
Caro was living her dream life in her adopted home of New York, directing an international literary festival. Then one day, running in Central Park, she lost all sensation in her legs. Two days later she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Caro was no stranger to tragedy. Her father Richard contracted polio at 20 and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Dignified, undaunted and ingenious, he was determined to make every day count - not least seducing his nurse while still confined to an iron lung, then marrying her.
But when Caro was herself blindsided by illness, she couldn’t summon any of the grace and courage she’d witnessed growing up. She was furious, toxic, humiliated. Only by looking back at her father’s extraordinary example was she able to rediscover her own grit and find a way forward, rebuilding her life shard by shard.
At times an emotionally brutal memoir of family, vulnerability and purpose, Diving into Glass is a searing, often funny portrait of the realities of disability and an intimate account of two lives filled with vigour and audacity.
Caro Llewellyn is the author of three previous works of non-fiction. She is the former director of several large-scale literary festivals and cultural events. She has hosted writers from every corner of the globe, including a number of Nobel Prize winners, and presented events at the Sydney Opera House, London’s Southbank, the Louvre, and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently a director at Museums Victoria. Diving into Glass is her first work of autobiography.
Lindfield Bookshop will have copies of the author’s book available on the day for sale and signing.
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