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UEA Literary Festivals


This is the 25th anniversary Arthur Miller Institute International Literary Festival. Looking back, we have welcomed an astonishing array of writers, from a plethora of countries, including five Nobel Prize winners, along with winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker and the Bailey’s Prize, to name a few.

Some are no longer with us – John Fowles, William Golding, Christopher Fry, Iris Murdoch, Muriel Spark, Harold Pinter, Peter Ustinov, Doris Lessing, Arthur Miller, Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and William Styron among them. Others are a vital presence in world literature. Some are novelists, poets, playwrights, but we have also welcomed historians, biographers, scientists, politicians and journalists.

Today we still bring major figures from around the world, this year from Australia (the award-winning Richard Flanagan), Japan (Kazuo Ishiguro) and Pakistan (Booker long-listed Kamila Shamsie), along with novelist and memoirist Rebecca Stott, Channel Four’s Jon Snow, former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke and famous heart surgeon Stephen Westaby.

 - Christopher Bigsby, Festival Director

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