The Other Ida
Each month Spike Island in partnership with Bristol Festival of Ideas invites a debut novelist to read from and talk about their work in a relaxed, informal setting. Topics of discussion include theme, structure, inspiration and the craft of writing. These sessions are a great way to discover new writing talent and wonderful books.
‘Ida was almost asleep when she realised what was wrong. It was so simple she could barely believe it. She was the play, wasn’t she? It wasn’t just her stupid name. And if it was so terrible, so irrelevant, then what on earth was she?’
Almost 30 and entirely irresponsible, Ida Irons returns home for her mother’s funeral. It’s the first time she’s been back, or seen her younger sister Alice, in many years. Their mother was the caustic and secretive writer Bridie Adair, who named Ida after her infamous play. While Ida has been struggling to escape its shadow, Alice has been dealing with problems of her own. Forced to confront their fractured relationship, the sisters question their own troubling memories and the story behind the strange, violent play that bears Ida’s name. Who really was the other Ida?
Amy Mason was writer-in-residence at Spike Island in 2011, where she completed the final draft of her debut novel, The Other Ida.