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UEA Autumn Literary Festival line-up announced

A star-studded line-up for UEA’s annual Autumn Literary Festival, including authors to actors, has been announced today ahead of ticket sales opening on 15 August.

The diverse group of speakers includes former Liberal Democrat leader-turned author Paddy Ashdown, Lord of the Rings movie adaptation actor Bernard Hill, and author and peace activist David Grossman.

The full line-up is:

Wednesday 5 October – David Lodge
Wednesday 12 October - Antony Beevor
Wednesday 19 October – Paddy Ashdown
Wednesday 26 October – Bernard Hill
Wednesday 2 November – Penelope Lively
Tuesday 8 November – David Grossman
Wednesday 16 November – Richard Holmes
Wednesday 23 November – Rose Tremain

David Lodge’s novels include Changing Places, How Far Can You Go? - awarded Whitbread Book of the Year Award - and the Booker shortlisted Small World.  He has also written books of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction. His first collection of short stories, The Man Who Wouldn’t Get Up and other stories, has inspired an art exhibition that launches in Birmingham in September 2016.

Antony Beevor served as a regular officer in the 11th Hussars in Germany. He is the author of Stalingrad, which won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Wolfson Prize for History and the Hawthornden Prize for Literature; Berlin - The Downfall 1945, which received the first Longman-History Today Trustees' Award and number one bestsellers The Second World War and Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble. In 2014 he was the recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing, and in June 2016 he was made Commander of the Order of the Crown by the Belgian Government.

Paddy Ashdown served as a Royal Marine and Special Boat Service officer. An MP from 1983 to 2001, he served as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 1999 and was later International High Representative for Boznia and Herzogovina from 2002 to 2006. He is the author of an autobiography, two volumes of diaries and several studies of aspects of the Second World War, especially the work of the French Resistance. His latest book is Game of Spies: The Secret Agent, the Traitor and the Nazi, Bordeaux 1942-1944.

Bernard Hill is probably most widely known for playing King Theoden in the hugely successful The Lord of the Rings film adaptation. A graduate of the Manchester Polytechnic School of Drama, he first attracted attention as an actor when playing the part of Yosser Hughes in Alan Bleasdale’s Boys from the Black Stuff. His stage roles have included Macbeth, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard and Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge. He has appeared in films ranging from Shirley Valentine to Titanic.

Penelope Lively, a Booker Prize winner, was born in Cairo in 1933, coming to England at the age of twelve.  She read Modern History at St. Anne’s College, Oxford and has written fiction both for children and adults. Her many novels include Moon Tiger, Making it Up, Family Album and How it all Began. She has also written three autobiographical works: Oleander, Jacaranda: A Childhood Perceived, A House Unlocked and Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time. She is a Dame of the British Empire.

David Grossman, a multiple-award-winning author whose works have been translated into thirty-six languages, was born in Jerusalem in 1954. His many books include The Zigzag Kid, Someone to Run With, To the End of the Land and Falling Out of Time. His most recent novel is A Horse Walks into a Bar. He is also a peace activist opposed to the extension of Israeli settlements and is the winner of the Frankfurt Peace Prize.

Richard Holmes is the author of the prize-winning and best-selling The Age of Wonder. He is the author of many other prize-winning books including Shelley: The Pursuit, Coleridge: Early Visions, Dr Johnson & Mr Savage, and the classic work Footsteps. From 2001 to 2007 he was Professor of Biographical Studies at UEA and in 2014, he was awarded the Biographers’ Club Lifetime Services to Biography Prize.

Rose Tremain, UEA’s Chancellor for the past three years, was one of only five women writers to be included in Granta’s original list of 20 Best of Young British Novelists in 1983. Her novels and short stories have been published in 27 countries and have won many prizes, including the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award for Restoration, the Prix Femina Etranger, France for Sacred Country, the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award for Music & Silence and the Orange Prize for Fiction 2008 for The Road Home.  Her latest novel is the acclaimed The Gustav Sonata.


Tickets will be available online at www.uea.ac.uk/litfest/tickets from 15 August. Season tickets are £56 full price and £48 concession. Individual event tickers are £8 or £4 for students.