For 27 years, Christopher Bigsby has been the Director of the Arthur Miller Institute Autumn Literary Festival. During this time he has interviewed over 250 of the world’s finest writers and thinkers including Arthur Miller, Salman Rushdie, Ruth Rendell, Toni Morrison, Harold Pinter, Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Paul McCartney and Kazuo Ishiguro, to name but a few.
In 2019, we will mark the end of an era and Chris’ final Literary Festival season with a celebration of his ground-breaking work and legacy. The programme will close with a special two-way interview during which, the tables will be turned, and Chris will be interviewed by best-selling author Louis de Bernières.
This season begins with Elizabeth Macneal, a remarkable first-time novelist whose book – The Doll Factory – promoted a fierce bidding war among publishers. She is a graduate of UEA, as are Tash Aw and Tracy Chevalier, both multi award-winning novelists. They will be followed by the biologist Steve Jones, and politician and writer, David Owen who has held multiple government posts, and was a founder of the Social Democratic Party. Mary Beard has introduced many thousands to the classical world through her books and TV series, while the Pulitzer Prize-winner and New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Strout will make UEA one of her only public appearances on her brief visit to the UK.
Best wishes, the UEA Literary Festival team.