From intimate gatherings to bustling festivals, we celebrate the finest in fiction at these UK events featuring Booker Prize and International Booker Prize authors

The Booker Prizes: London events

International Booker Prize 2023: shortlist readings

The International Booker Prize introduces the finest fiction from across the globe, and celebrates the ingenuity and imagination of writers and their translators.

This year’s shortlist event in London is mediated by Merve Emre. Merve Emre is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. She is the author and editor of several books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. She was also one of the judges of the International Booker Prize 2022.

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2023, 7.30pm

Location: Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre

Price: £15

Tickets: Buy here

Merve Emre

The Booker Prizes at Hay Festival

The International Booker Prize 2023 winners, in conversation

The International Booker Prize 2023 will be announced on Tuesday, 23 May. Four days later, Hay Festival will present the winning author and translator in conversation with Gaby Wood, Chief Executive of the Booker Prize Foundation, and 2023 judge Tan Twan Eng, the Booker-shortlisted Malaysian novelist.

Date: Saturday, May 27, 2023, 4pm

Location: Wye Stage, Hay Festival

Price: £12

Tickets: Buy here



International Booker Prize longlist 2023

Dua Lipa at Hay Festival

Douglas Stuart, in conversation with Dua Lipa

With multiple Grammys and Brit Awards to her name, the music icon last year revealed a different side - as a talented and engaging interviewer on her podcast, Dua Lipa: At Your Service, as well a passionate advocate for the power of fiction and the joy of reading.

She will appear at Hay Festival for an exclusive recording of her podcast featuring author Douglas Stuart, for a deep dive into his 2020 Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain.

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023, 5.30pm

Location: Baillie Gifford Stage, Hay Festival

Price: £20

Tickets: Buy here

Dua Lipa, in conversation with Gaby Wood

Join global superstar, pop icon and book lover Dua Lipa for a tour of the people, places and events that have shaped her life and the books that symbolise these moments, hosted by the Booker Prize Foundation’s Chief Executive Gaby Wood. Dua discusses how books have been her constant companion and her lifeline, from her childhood in London and her school years in Kosovo to the long hours spent on a tour bus as a musician. 

Date: Sunday, June 4, 11.30am

Location: Baillie Gifford Stage

Price: £14

Tickets: Buy here


Dua Lipa on stage at the Booker Prize 2022 winner ceremony at the Roundhouse

Virtual events

Shehan Karunatilaka in conversation, via

A special online event with Shehan Karunatilaka, winner of the Booker Prize 2022, discussing his winning novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. Entrance is free when you buy (or have already bought) a copy of the book via You will receive an email link to watch this live event on the day. Questions? Contact [email protected]

Date: Monday, June 5, 2023, 7pm

Location: Online

Price: Free, when you buy the book

More information: Click here

Shehan Karunatilaka winner of the Booker Prize 2022