If you follow bestselling author Marian Keyes on Twitter, you don’t need us to tell you how outrageously funny she is. Keyes goes viral so often, sharing writing struggles, writing wins, and heartwarming videos of her mum’s daffodils, that you start to feel like you’ve known her for years. She’s the kind of person you’d want to have over for tea, if that were remotely possible right now (though it’d be a little weird to invite her round anyway, if you’ve never met).
But there is a way you can go round to Marian Keyes’s house to chat about her work over tea. Penguin Books has launched an exciting digital series, At Home with Penguin, where writers open up their homes to an online audience to discuss how they’ve been handling life in isolation and what novels they’re reading right now, as well as discussing their own writing.
The series kicked off at the beginning of April with Keyes as the first guest to live stream at home. But fear not, the video is still available to watch on the At Home with Penguin website alongside another past episode with Melissa Hemsley.
Taking place every Tuesday at 7.30pm (Doha time), upcoming episodes will feature the likes of Caroline Criado Perez, feminist campaigner, and author of Sunday Times bestseller Invisible Women and Pointless co-host and author of the upcoming Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman.
It’s going to be a world apart from the usual Q&A in a fancy hotel. The audience will be able to ask questions, but there’ll be no raising your hand and waiting awkwardly for the mic. And it factors in the best part of live stream life: getting distracted while you spy on people’s living rooms.
Find the full At Home with Penguin schedule here.
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