Tag: 2019 Spring Literary Festival


Tracey Thorn at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

After the cancellation of her original date, Tracey Thorn, rather than open the 2019 Spring Literary Festival, came to ‘bury it’ to use her own words. In conversation with senior Creative Writing lecturer Henry Sutton, Thorn, one half of legendary pop duo ‘Everything but the Girl’ and former Marine Girl, was both witty and charming….


Damian Barr at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

Damian Barr is introduced by James Robert Carson, a senior lecturer for drama here at UEA, with a quote from a review of his new book and third published work, You Will Be Safe Here – ‘only someone who is wise and kind could have written such a book.’ Carson describes Barr’s accomplishments over the…


Upcoming: Damian Barr at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

Damian Barr is an award-winning British writer and columnist who will be appearing at this year’s Spring Literary Festival on May 2nd. He will talk about his new novel, which debuted early April, entitled You Will Be Safe Here. This will be Barr’s third published work, but his first fictional novel – he has previously…


Rachel Cusk at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

Rachel Cusk, slight with a soft brown fringe and grey trainers, looks calmly out on the audience when greeted with applause. She speaks with deliberation in a low voice, as though confident that whatever she puts forward will be interesting to her listeners. She is right. Philip Langeskov opens by talking about the vicious reception Cusk’s memoir…


John Boyne at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

The Spring Literary festival most recently saw Jean McNeil in conversation with John Boyne, the award winning writer known for novels such as The Boy in Stripped Pyjamas and The Heart’s Invisible Furies. Director of the festival, Philip Langeskov, starts off the event by giving a warm welcome to Boyne, who returns to UEA after…


Upcoming: Rachel Cusk at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

Canadian-born writer Rachel Cusk’s controversial memoirs about motherhood and divorce, together with the recent Outline-trilogy, have made it so that writers and critics often couples her name with the term autofiction. Although she herself does not use that term to describe her body of work, it is undoubtedly part of the recent surge of literature…


Gina Miller at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

As I sat down for this talk, I thought I knew what I was going to get from Gina Miller. I imagined her being empowering, political, and determined, and I was right about that. But I also thought she wouldn’t be too charming. That’s because in her book, Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing…


Upcoming: John Boyne at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

‘Fulfilling, exciting and creative.’ 3 words award winning author John Boyne uses to describe what being a writer feels like. Having published 11 novels for adults and 5 for younger readers, Boyne is an extremely accomplished author and has been translated into over 50 languages. Many of Boyne’s novels tackle important and difficult issues such…


Marlon James at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

Before last week, the most I had heard about Marlon James was praise for his 2014 novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Man Booker Prize and seemed to me like one of those books that I would always plan but ultimately fail to read. However, after seeing the author read from…

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