Jon Snow and Kenneth Clarke among those taking part in UEA Autumn Literary Festival
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Journalist Jon Snow, politician Kenneth Clarke and heart surgeon Stephen Westaby are among the people taking part in the 2017 UEA Autumn Literary Festival.
The event at the University of East Anglia will run from October 11 to November 24 and is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Prof Christopher Bigsby said: 'In the 25 years we've run the festival, we've welcomed five Nobel Prize winners, multiple winners of the Pulitzer, National Book Award, Booker and Orange prizes, as well as other prize winners from all over the world. We've featured actors, biographers, historians, journalists, musicians, novelists, playwrights, poets, politicians and scientists.'
The 2017 UEA Autumn Literary Festival kicks off on October 11 with Booker Prize-winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro whose works include An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans, Never Let Me Go and The Buried Giant.
Next up on October 18 is Rebecca Stott, professor of creative writing at UEA, whose latest book, In the Days of Rain, is a memoir of her experience growing up in a religious cult. On October 25 Kamila Shamsie, author of six novels including In the City by the Sea, Salt and Saffron and A God in Every Stone, takes to the stage followed by Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner Richard Flanagan on November 1.
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Jon Snow - who is the longest-running presenter of Channel 4 News and has reported all over the world including in the US, Afghanistan, Iran, Eritrea and El Salvador - will be taking part in the festival on November 10.
World-famous heart surgeon Stephen Westaby will be at the festival on November 15. He has performed more than 11,000 operations during his 35-year career and pioneered a number of experimental treatments, and his book Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table was on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Finally, on November 24, MP and former chancellor of the exchequer Kenneth Clarke will take part in the festival.
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All UEA Autumn Literary Festival events will take place at the university's Lecture Theatre 1 at 7pm.
A season ticket for all seven events costs £48 (concs. £40) and individual tickets are £8 (students £4). To book, visit www.uea.ac.uk/litfest/tickets