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UEA Literary Festivals


To mark our quarter century, we have assembled a line-up of thrilling, innovative writers.  Some of them you will have heard of before, but others I hope will be new to you. You might also notice a sprinkling of Norwich and Norfolk in the programme, our way of paying tribute to the literary heritage of this city and this region.

The festival opens - on Valentine's day no less - with Stephen Fry, whose latest book, Mythos, retells the Greek Myths for a contemporary audience. From there we welcome our UNESCO City of Literature Professor, Caryl Phillips, who will be in conversation with Margaret Drabble, who returns to the festival. Sarah Hall is one of the most arresting writers we have, a novelist and short story writerwith few rivals on the contemporary scene. As it happens, one of those rivals is Jon McGregor, whom the New Yorker recently described as a novelist of 'visionary power'.

After the Easter break, two extraordinary American writers will be part of the festival: Madeline Miller, who won the Orange Prize for Song of Achilles, and Jesmyn Ward, whose latest book Sing, Unburied, Sing has just won the National Book Award, America's premier literary prize. The festival will close by welcoming back two graduates of the UEA MA in Creative Writing who have gone onto great acclaim: Christie Watson, whose personal account of her experience as a nurse, The Language of Kindness, is set to be one of the most talked about books of the year. After that we will host the first event to mark the publication of Emma Healey's Whistle in the Dark, the follow-up to her wonderful debut, Elizabeth is Missing.

- Philip Langeskov, Festival Director

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