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Autumn Literary Festival

As England's first UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, not surprisingly, has an impressive programme of literary events year-round. This month we're excitedly clutching tickets to Noirwich Crime writing Festival and next month we're looking forward to University of East Anglia's Autumn 2017 Literary Festival.


This is the 25th Anniversary Arthur Miller Institute International Literary Festival at UEA and it brings a packed programme of guest speakers from all over the world, including a leading heart surgeon, a variety of prize-winning novelists, a Conservative politician and a top television journalist. Here's a closer look at who's who and where to get your tickets. 


KAZUO ISHIGURO - Wednesday 11th October

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 Kazuo Ishiguro: Photo credit Jeff Cottenden

Kazuo came to England from Nagasaki, Japan, at the age of five. He completed an MA in creative writing at UEA and has an impressive literary career with works including An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We were Orphans, Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant. He was awarded an OBE in 1995 and has also received many literary awards including the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the Booker Prize and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. 
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REBECCA STOTT - Wednesday 18th October

Rebecca is Professor of Creating Writing at UEA. In 2007 she published her first novel, Ghostwalk, which became a national bestseller. Subsequent titles are The Coral Thief, Darwin and the Barnacle and Darwin's Ghost: In Search of the First Evolutionists. Her latest book, In the Days of Rain, is a memoir that tells of the author’s experience growing up in a religious cult.
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KAMILA SHAMSIE - Wednesday 25th October

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Kamila Shamsie: Photo credit Zain_Mustafa 

Kamila was born in Pakistan and studied in America, she is the author of six novels; A God in Every Stone is her latest work. Three of her novels have received awards from Pakistan’s Academy of Letters
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RICHARD FLANAGAN - Wednesday 1st November

Richard Flanagan is a Tasmanian author and Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner. He published his first novel in 1994, Death of a River Guide. Other novels include Gould’s Book of Fish, The Unknown Terrorist, Wanting and The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
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JON SNOW - Friday 10th November

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Jon Snow: Photo credit Channel 4

Jon Snow is the longest running presenter of Channel 4 news, where he has been on our television screens since 1989.  He has travelled all over the world as a reporter and has won numerous awards including the Richard Dimbleby BAFTA Award for Best Factual Contribution to Television (2005) and Royal Television Society awards for Journalist of the Year (2006) and Presenter of the Year (2009).
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STEPHEN WESTABY  - Wednesday 15 November

Stephen has performed more than 11,000 operations during his 35-year career as a heart surgeon. He has pioneered many experimental treatments involving the use of heart pumps, artificial hearts and circulatory support technology. Stephen will be talking about his career and his book, Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table.
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KENNETH CLARKE - Friday 24 November

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Kenneth Clarke: Photo Credit Jay Brooks

Kenneth has been a Member of Parliament since 1970 and is also a qualified barrister and Cambridge graduate. He has served in various ministerial roles in three different Conservative governments, most notably as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He will be signing copies of his book: Kind of Blue, A Political Memoir.
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Season ticket: £48* / £40* students and concessions - season tickets allow entry into all 7 events, including those that are sold out.

Individual ticket: £8* / £4 students* 

All events take place in lecture theatre 1, UEA 7pm (doors at 6.30pm)

*Ticket price includes a booking fee

Visit the UEA booking pages for more details



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