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A.S. Byatt and Alan Hollinghurst to attend UCL event

A.S. Byatt and Alan Hollinghurst to attend UCL event

The Man Booker Prize is delighted to be working with UCL to support One Day in the City, a free festival taking place on Friday 15 June at UCL’s Bloomsbury Campus and neighbouring venues, and organised by UCL English Language & Literature. Dedicated to the celebration of London and Literature, it will give the public an opportunity to listen to and share thoughts with celebrated authors, poets, and academics on all things London, with two Man Booker Prize winners attending as part of the schedule: A.S. Byatt (Winner in 1990 and Shortlisted in 2009) and Alan Hollinghurst (Winner in 2004 and Shortlisted in 1994 and 2011.)

The Man Booker Prize Evening has the pair in conversation with Professor John Mullan, and will take place at 7pm in Darwin Lecture Theatre, University College London. The conversation will reflect on London and literature, and both authors will read excerpts of their favourite London writing and discuss how the city influences and inspires their writing and their lives.

Also in attendance are 2003 Granta-listed novelist, Adam Thirlwell; renowned poets Daljit Nagra, Alan Jenkins, Sarah Maguire and Mark Ford; filmmakers Chris Petit and William Raban; and the iconic London voices of Iain Sinclair and Will Self. Panel topics include walking in the city, urban technologies, parkour, and what makes London a writers' city. Novelists, poets, and academics will come together to read, perform and discuss some of the greatest works inspired by London.

Organiser Dr Nick Shepley, UCL English Language & Literature, said: “The festival aims to celebrate London and the creativity it inspires – and to be inclusive. That’s why we felt it was important that it was free, entirely focused on London and held in some of London’s most iconic buildings.

Alongside the festival, an art exhibition at UCL will juxtapose representations of life in London: past, present, and future. Rare items from UCL’s collections will sit alongside images streamed “real-time” from London’s streets. Two exhibition spaces will be populated with caricatures, paintings, sketches, books, photographs and digital media.

The full festival programme is available here:

A.S.Byatt, the 1990 Man Booker Prize winner