Deborah Levy and Colombe Schneck in Conversation
Deborah Levy‘s fiction includes the Booker-shortlisted Swimming Home (2011) and Hot Milk (2016), and the Booker-longlisted The Man Who Saw Everything (2019). She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Black Vodka (2013). Her trilogy of Living Autobiographies: Things I Don’t Want to Know, The Cost of Living, and Real Estate, were awarded the Prix Femina Étranger 2020 and The Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose, 2022. Levy’s writing is widely translated across the world and she has written plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC. Her new novel, August Blue, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in the UK in May 2023. A 2018 Fellow at the Institute, she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, lives in London, and swims everywhere.
Colombe Schneck is a French writer, journalist, director of documentary films, and swimmer. She swam in all forty six municipal swimming pools in Paris for her most recent work titled Paris à la nage (Allary Editions). She was born in 1966 in Paris were she was raised and still lives. She is currently working on a new novel which will be published by Grasset in 2023 and writing a weekly column about her reading for Madame Figaro. She has directed four documentary films, authored eleven books of fiction and non fiction, and has received prizes from the Académie Française, Madame Figaro and the Society of French Writers, as well as having been short-listed for the Renaudot, Femina, and Interallié prizes. She is the recipient of scholarships from the Villa Medicis in Rome and the Institut Français. She received the Stendhal grant which helps writers do research and write abroad for a novel about women in Bolivia.