We’re very pleased to have Carol Martin-Sperry joining us as a facilitator at the London Literary Salon! Here are a few words from Carol; she also has a website where you can read more: www.speriamo.co.uk
“After attending five London Lit Salon events I decided that I would like to be running groups myself on writings that are dear to my heart, while paying attention not just to the words and sentences, but also to the dynamics of relationships and the psychological meaning in great literature. In other words the expression of human behaviours in many different contexts.
“Although my favourite novels are to be found among the works of writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Graham Greene, Edith Wharton, William Faulkner, Philip Roth, John Updike to name but a few, I am particularly interested in exploring the short story as a psychological expression as well as a literary form. I am thinking in particular of the works of Alice Munro, Flannery O’Connor, Annie Proulx, Tobias Wolff, Joyce Carol Oates, Lorrie Moore, William Trevor, T.C. Boyle, Deborah Levy, A.L. Kennedy amongst others. The short story is a neglected form in this country and I hope to win you over by looking at some particularly accomplished examples.
“I am also interested in 20th century and contemporary poetry, where to start?
“But first, Bob Dylan.
“Did he deserve his Nobel Prize and what is Literature? As a lifelong fan I believe he fully earned it and I would like to explore some of his lyrics at the Lit Salon. Who cannot be impressed by a line like “The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face”?
“Other diverse Nobel Prize winners in prose and verse include Ernest Hemingway, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, W.B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott and Alice Munro.
“I am interested in all of them and hope that some of their writings will be the subject of lively discussions at the Lit Salon in the coming months.”
After 30 years of dedicated practice as a bi-lingual couples and sex therapist, Carol has retired from the field and has returned to literary pursuits. She is the author of three books about sex and relationships, a contributor to the Erotic Review and a French literary translator. She was awarded a Fellowship at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2009 and represented the BACP in the media as a writer, broadcaster and consultant.
Carol was named in the Evening Standard list of top 20 therapists and profiled in the Guardian. She ran a training course for counsellors and worked as a course director and facilitator for Skyros.
She was educated at the Lycée Français de Londres and University College, University of London (BA Hons French and Italian). She previously worked for Club Med, the Central Office of Information for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and as a literary French translator.