Max Porter reads Grief is the Thing With Feathers

For one night only, Max Porter will read his award-winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers live from Islington’s iconic Union Chapel into your home


Sunday 25th October, 2020 @ 7:45 pm

  • Online event
  • Reading


About the Event

Max Porter will read his bestselling first novel, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, at Islington’s Union Chapel on Sunday 25 October at 7.45pm. The one-off live streamed event has been organised as a fundraiser for the iconic London venue, with ticket proceeds also going to The Margins Project, the Chapel’s homelessness charity.

Max Porter's multi-award-winning novel, which has been translated into thirty languages, has never been read in public, in its entirety, by the author. This project renews Porter’s collaboration with Wayward Productions, who produced the stage play adaptation of the novel by Enda Walsh, starring Cillian Murphy.

Porter said, “In September 2020 the Union Chapel were going to host a project I'd devised called The English Soundwood, a multidisciplinary portrait of the UK today with poets, singers, musicians and novelists. Like so many live events, it was postponed, and like so many venues around the world, the Union Chapel needs support. So we are doing a one-off gig, where I'll read the whole of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, and proceeds will go to the Union Chapel and their extraordinary charity The Margins Project, which supports people facing homelessness. I've never read the whole book before, and I'm honoured to be doing so in this iconic and beautiful venue, for such a good cause. I hope people will join us, virtually, and enjoy being read a story.”

About the Book

Grief is the Thing with Feathers
Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Max Porter (Author)

Publisher:Faber & Faber

Publication date:17 Sep 2015


In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother's sudden death. Their father, a Ted Hughes scholar and scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well-meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow - antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter.