Marie-Elsa Bragg

Piers Plowright and Marie-Elsa Bragg in discussion about her novel

Local author Marie-Elsa Bragg’s debut novel, Towards Mellbreak, is a hymn both to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing world. Poetic, beautiful and tragic, it gives an account of the struggle to preserve traditions and beliefs in the face of change. It is a quietly bold indictment of the treatment of generations of British men, and an assertion of the power to be found in the rituals we pass down through our families. Marie-Elsa Bragg will be in conversation with radio producer Piers Plowright.

Marie-Elsa Bragg is half French, half Cumbrian and was brought up in London. She studied Philosophy and Theology at Oxford University, and trained for the Priesthood at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford University. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey.

Piers Plowright worked for thirty years as a BBC producer of dramas, documentaries and features before setting out as an independent producer. He has won several SONY Awards, and three of radio’s most significant award, the Prix Italia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.