Nine writers and thinkers taking part in this year’s UEA Spring Literary Festival

PUBLISHED: 10:07 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:48 05 February 2018

Stephen Fry. Photo: Matthew Usher

Stephen Fry. Photo: Matthew Usher


The University of East Anglia’s Spring Literary Festival is celebrating its 25th year in 2018. As the event prepares to kick off later this month, arts correspondent Emma Knights looks at the writers and thinkers who will be taking to the stage.

Jon McGregor has won the 2017 Costa Novel Award for his book Reservoir 13. Photo: supplied by Costa Book AwardsJon McGregor has won the 2017 Costa Novel Award for his book Reservoir 13. Photo: supplied by Costa Book Awards

• Stephen Fry - February 14

Actor, author, presenter, and all round national treasure, Stephen Fry’s latest book, Mythos, is a unique retelling of Greek myths.

• Sarah Hall - February 21

Author of novels including The Electric Michelangelo and Haweswater, and short story collections including her latest work Madame Zero.

Emma Healey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYEmma Healey. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• Caryl Phillips - February 28 (joint event with Margaret Drabble)

A UEA visiting professor, Caryl Phillips writes non-fiction and fiction and his most recent novel is The Lost Child.

• Margaret Drabble - February 28 (joint event with Caryl Phillips)

Author of 19 novels including A Summer Bird-Cage and The Millstone, she has also written biographies and screenplays.

• Jon McGregor - March 7

Reservoir 13 - which won the 2017 Costa Novel Award - is the latest work by the writer who grew up in Norfolk and has penned four novels.

• Jesmyn Ward - April 25

Author of novels such as Where the Line Bleeds and Sing, and the memoir Men We Reaped, as well as editor of anthology The Fire This Time.

• Madeline Miller - May 2

Author of The Song of Achilles which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012. Her latest novel, Circe, is inspired by Homer’s Odyssey.

• Christine Watson - May 9

A UEA graduate who won the Costa First Novel Award with Tiny Sunbirds Far Away. Her latest book is called The Language of Kindness.

• Emma Healey - May 16

UEA graduate and author of the Costa First Novel Award-winning Elizabeth is Missing, her new novel Whistle in the Dark will be published in May.

All events are at 7pm at Lecture Theatre 1. Visit

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