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In October 2020, during lockdown, Max Porter read his award-winning novel Grief is the Thing with Feathers from Islington’s iconic Union Chapel with it live streamed all over the world.

Grief is the Thing with Feathers is a bed-time story for grown‑ups about the universal experience of loss. It is about childhood, parenting, poetry, pain and the infinite wisdom of crows. Dark, weird and beautiful, it is the perfect book for these times. It is an impassioned blast of literature and love, a celebration of language, and a raging heartbroken song for all of us.

Max Porter’s novel has been translated into 30 languages and Wayward produced it for the stage starring Cillian Murphy and directed by Enda Walsh.

This was the first time it had been read in public by the author and over 1000 people across the world joined us for this very special event.

The event raised over £3000 for the Union Chapel and its homelessness charity, The Margins Project.

Audience reviews

From our audience

“I expected a reading;
I got theatre”

“completely and utterly

Live from Union Chapel

“Thanks very much
to you and Max for
enriching our lives”