Tuesday, 6 May 2008
A psychic reading
So, the Du Maurier festival is about to start in Cornwall, and I'm going to be there on Saturday, for an event which I think will be very unusual, and definitely worth coming to. (If any of you can get to Fowey for the event -- 11.45 on Saturday morning -- I'm offering four free tickets. Just let me know...) The talk will be chaired by Professor Helen Taylor from Exeter University -- she's the editor of the excellent 'Du Maurier Companion' -- and I'll be in conversation with Daphne du Maurier's grandson, Rupert Tower, who is a psychoanalyst, and Henrietta Llewelyn Davies, who is the great-grand-daughter of Daphne's aunt, Sylvia (the mother of the five Lost Boys who inspired 'Peter Pan'). I talked to both Rupert and Henrietta when I was researching 'Daphne', but what I haven't mentioned before is that Henri (as she is known to her friends) is a psychic. She's very low-key about it, but nevertheless I happen to know she counts some Very Famous Authors amongst her clients -- as you might expect of a psychic with such a literary family tree, not to mention a degree in English Literature from Oxford -- and whether or not you're a believer in a sixth sense, Henri has a knack of coming up with apposite remarks and insights. Have a look at her website here.
Whatever happens on Saturday, it won't be boring... and you never know, it might give new meaning to the phrase 'psychic reading'. Hope to see you there.