Literary Programme 2017

Coffee & Chat with Sarah Moss: Chocolate

Coffee & Chat with Sarah Moss: Chocolate

Sarah Moss

Bantry House Tearoom

Mon 17 July 2017



Chocolate: a Global History arose out of many pleasurable hours that Sarah Moss spent discussing food and writing with her friends. She had noticed with increasing irritation the prevalence of a very moralistic vocabulary in relation to chocolate in popular culture; ice-cream and cake packaging proclaims the contents ‘sinful’ or ‘wickedly indulgent’, particularly for women. Together with her co-author Alexander Badenoch (Eindhoven University of Technology and Utrecht University) she set out to explore the history of chocolate, sex and sin, finding, as we expected, that it’s all about gender and geopolitics and the real sins originate in the production rather than the consumption of chocolate.

Sarah Moss was educated at Oxford University and is currently a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of four novels: Cold Earth, Night Waking, Bodies of Light and Signs for Lost Children; and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Iceland, and wrote an account of her time there in Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland (Granta 2012), which was shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 2013. She has twice been shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize.

Sarah’s photo is courtesy of the University of Warwick