21st April 2021 | Live Stream

Mother and daughter Anne Mayer Bird and Catherine Mayer were widowed within 41 days of each other on the eve of the pandemic, then locked down alone. Their profound isolation was broken just once a week, when Catherine visited Anne to care for her, at distance and in a mask. Together they found ways to navigate their loss and the startling questions and challenges that confronted them.

In Catherine’s book, Good Grief: Embracing life at a time of death, she investigates the possibility that her husband, renowned musician Andy Gill, contracted Covid-19 when his band, Gang of Four, toured China in late 2019. Her main focus, however, is not on death, but on life and love. It is a captivating account of lives well lived, moving and spiked with black humour and interwoven with letters Anne wrote to her husband John to tell him of the astonishing and heartrending events since his death and her small triumphs in living independently.

In sharing their insights and experiences, Catherine and Anne aim to help those who have lost or will lose people or who wish to know how best to support others in such circumstances. They also celebrate lovefor John and Andy and each other.

This Salon is part of our drive to get us together with the big ideas we need. Tickets are £10 or why not support our bookselling and buy our book inclusive ticket, and we'll send you Catherine’s book, Good Grief: Embracing life at a time of death, after the Salon. Alternatively, become a member and get your big ideas curated by us at Salon London for a whole year.

Start time: 20:00