Melvyn Bragg and Joanne Harris head Literary Festival line-up
Tickets are now on sale for the University of East Anglia’s 24th Spring literary festival featuring eight writers and thinkers of exceptional talent, including Booker Prize winner Graham Swift, Dr Rowan Williams, and legendary broadcaster Melvyn Bragg.
The festival opens on 3 February with the journalist, Paul Mason, and ends on 27 April with Joanne Harris.
Melvyn Bragg, who joined the BBC in 1961 and has been a distinctive presence on the intellectual and cultural landscape of this country ever since, has written several screenplays, 21 novels and several works of non-fiction, notably The Adventure of English and The Book of Books. He will visit UEA on 24 February.
On 13 April Dr Rowan Williams comes to UEA. Since retiring as Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Williams has returned to academic life. His new collection of essays on St Augustine demonstrates that deep sense of compassion and desire for understanding that marked his time as head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Joanne Harris secured global recognition with Chocolat in 1999 (later made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp). She has since written many highly acclaimed novels in diverse genres including historical fiction, fantasy based on Norse myth, and the Malbry cycle of psychological suspense and will speak at UEA on 27 April.
Other events include:
Paul Mason (3 February)
Anyone who witnessed his reporting on the banks or the financial crisis that enveloped Greece this past summer, will recognise a journalist of rare passion, commitment and integrity. His most recent book, PostCapitalism, attempts to tackle a fundamental question of our times: what might a world without capitalism look like?
Julie Myerson (10 February)
Julie Myerson is the author of nine novels, including the best-selling Something Might Happen, which was longlisted for the Booker Prize, and three works of non-fiction, including Home: The Story of Everyone Who Ever Lived in Our House.
Tim Parks (17 February)
Tim Parks is the current UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor at UEA. An immensely prolific and restlessly enquiring author of some fifteen novels and thirteen works of non-fiction.
Graham Swift (2 March)
Author of nine acclaimed novels, two collections of short stories, including Waterland and the Booker Prize winning Last Orders, Graham Swift returns to UEA to talk about his new novel Mothering Sunday.
Deborah Levy (20 April)
Deborah Levy is one of the most interesting writers on the contemporary landscape. From her debut novel, Beautiful Mutants in 1986, to the Man Booker shortlisted Swimming Home in 2011, her work reveals a fierce fictional intelligence, by turns strange and shocking, but never less than completely compelling. Her new novel, Hot Milk, is a thing to celebrate.
Philip Langeskov, director of the festival, said: “This is my first festival as director and I am delighted that we have been able to secure such a wonderful and varied line up. All of our authors are deeply invested in the business of thinking about the world in which we live. The results, evident in the new work they bring to the festival, are by turns thrilling, provocative and enlightening. I can't wait for the festival to begin.”
Tickets for individual events cost £8. Season tickets for all eight events are available and cost £56 (£48 concession) and this includes attendance to sold-out events.
All events begin at 7pm in Lecture Theatre 1 at UEA. Tickets are sold online through Eventbrite. For more information and links to buy tickets, visit www.uea.ac.uk/litfest/tickets.