Max Porter at Southbank Centre

Max Porter at Southbank Centre

28th February 2019

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A world-exclusive dramatic reading of Max Porter’s follow-up to Grief Is the Thing with FeathersLanny

Lanny is a story about a family whose village is peopled by the living and the dead. It’s a story about a boy with a gift for friendship and the traces of enchantment he leaves in the closely woven lives around him.

Observing it all, and orchestrating a spellbinding tapestry of voices, is Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber and is searching for his favourite. He is looking for the boy.


Immerse yourself in a live performance about art, myth and the extraordinary strangeness of everyday life. It features a cast of actors who conjure the voices of English village life past and present, led by one of the most exciting literary talents to emerge in recent years.

Max Porter’s debut Grief Is the Thing with Feathers marked the arrival of a thrilling new talent.

Written with disarming tenderness, mordant wit and dazzling virtuosity, the novel received numerous awards including the International Dylan Thomas Prize, the Sunday Times/Peters, Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year and the Europese Literatuurprijs.