#29 Talking about a sense of place with Michelle Lovric

Michelle Lovric has written books for adults and children, with publishers such as Virago, Bloomsbury and Orion. As well as the setting of Venice, which she brings intensely to life, we talk about writing history, killing your darlings, about Michelle’s strong sense of environmentalism – more important now than ever – and about writing as a way of confronting trauma and bringing a community together.

Michelle's titles include Carnevale, The Water’s Daughter, and The Book of Human Skin. She also helped Gemma Dowler write about her late sister Milly. Michelle's novels are usually set in Venice, which she knows intimately, and are always imbued with history, vivid imagination and an element of fantasy. She has taught Guardian Masterclasses in How to Write for Children and is a consultant editor for The Writers Workshop and The Faber Academy, as well as hosting writing boot camps of her own.
Her environmentalism and work with her community were sides of Michelle’s work I didn’t know so well. She describes her campaigning against the cruise ships in Venice and the threat of a partyboat as big as a three-storey football pitch on the Thames in London, and what happened after the London Bridge terror attacks, in which she became deeply involved, bringing her writing and listening skills to bear. 

Michelle’s website: https://www.michellelovric.com 
Writers With Faces: https://www.sylviabishopbooks.com/writers-with-faces.html
London Writers Salon: https://londonwriterssalon.com
My Sister Milly by Gemma Dowler: https://www.waterstones.com/book/my-sister-milly/gemma-dowler/9781405927574
Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters: https://www.waterstones.com/book/detransition-baby/torrey-peters/9781788167208
No Grandi Navi: http://www.nograndinavi.it
We Are Here Venice: https://www.weareherevenice.org 
GCAN: https://globalcruiseactivistnetwork.com/about-us 

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