Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro says he ‘doesn’t know’ how he writes novels during UEA visit

PUBLISHED: 20:44 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 20:44 11 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro. 
Photo: Jeff Cottenden

Kazuo Ishiguro. Photo: Jeff Cottenden

Jeff Cottenden

Award-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro visited UEA on October 11 as a special guest at the university’s annual Literary Festival.

The author spoke about his work before taking part in a question and answer session and signing copies of his books.

During the event the novelist told fans seeking writing advice he “doesn’t know” how he writes his books and admitted he doesn’t think he is “very good at prose”.

He said: “I don’t think I’m very good at prose, there are people who write better prose than me.”

His comment caused a stir, prompting host Professor Christopher Bigby to ask: “Then what’s the Nobel Prize for?”

MORE: University of East Anglia graduate and author Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize for Literature

The 62-year-old also revealed he is currently working on a comic and admitted that he doesn’t really understand poetry.

Ishiguro is best know for works such as The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both of which have been adapted into films.

The novelist gained his master’s degree from the Norwich university’s creative writing course in 1980, where his tutors were Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter.

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