Ground-breaking Voices in Literature

Ground-breaking Voices in Literature

We are honoured to welcome the masterminds behind some of the most ground-breaking literature from across the world this year. The quest for answers, for truths, to make sense of these troubling times, can be as plagued with anxiety as the issues themselves.

With fake news, dry political broadcasts and social media rants clouding our perspectives. But the best stories – the ones that linger in the memory long after the last page is turned – allow us to process big issues slowly, sub-consciously.

These are the stories which teach us more about ourselves and the world we live in. That give us those joyous moments of clarity and understanding. That not only put us in the shoes of others, but helps us feel the tingling of another’s skin. Enjoy!

‘Hamnet and Hamlet are in fact the same name, entirely interchangeable in Stratford in the late sixteenth century.’ This epigram to Maggie O’Farrell’s new novel, Hamnet, dispels any doubt that Shakespeare’s son and his most celebrated...

Hilary Mantel: Inside the Head of Thomas Cromwell

Sunday 16 August 20:30 - 21:30

More than a decade in the making, Hilary Mantel’s masterpiece is now complete with the publication of the final part of her Thomas Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror and The Light. As any student of 16th century England knows, Cromwell’s life ended...
Great art doesn’t just reinforce or reassure: the authors we love challenge us; they illuminate new perspectives, make us question our certainties. They discomfort us. From its very title, Marieke Lucas Rijneveld’s International Booker shortlisted...

Jenny Offill: Storm Warning

Monday 17 August 16:00 - 17:00

Not all big books are big. Jenny Offill’s acclaimed 2014 novel — the slim piece of autofiction Dept. of Speculation — was efficient and pared back to essentials, not even spelling out fully each word of its title. An autopsy of a marriage, the...

Linn Ullmann: Portrait of a Family

Monday 17 August 17:30 - 18:30

‘I was his child and her child, but not their child,’ Linn Ullmann writes in Unquiet, ‘it was never us three.’ This sense of dispossession and longing haunt the pages of the Norwegian literary star’s elusive, quietly devastating novel; the...

Colum McCann: An Infinity of Stories

Tuesday 18 August 17:30 - 18:30

Once every few years, a novel comes along that genuinely opens up new ways of seeing the world. Colum McCann’s new novel Apeirogon might well be such a book. Two protagonists, Rami and Bassam – one a Palestinian, the other an Israeli – are...
Philippe Sands’s celebrated 2016 memoir East West Street, expertly interwove the personal story of his ancestors in the Ukrainian city of Lviv with a professional interest in the establishment of international law in the aftermath of the Holocaust....

Marian Keyes: Family Matters

Wednesday 19 August 19:00 - 20:00

Marian Keyes didn’t start writing until her twenties, she felt that she was ‘all washed up at 30.’ But readers have had a love affair with Keyes that has lasted over two decades now. It’s hard to imagine a greater, more reliable comfort...
Shortlisted for this year’s International Booker Prize, Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police is a surreal and irresistible tale of a novelist and her editor, exploring the intangible, ephemeral nature of existence and remembering. First published in...

Garth Greenwell: Intimate Truths

Thursday 20 August 20:30 - 21:30

The annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Awards delights in taking bundles of limbs and badly chosen adjectives, removing them from their context and mocking them for their unsexiness. But there is real power in its opposite: by capturing the truth...

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