Nobel prize-winning author to appear in city

Sarah BrealeyA famous author is headlining a literary festival in Norwich this month.JM Coetzee is making a rare UK appearance to headline the Worlds Literature Festival event.Support Norwich on FacebookOfficial Norwich 2013 bid websiteSarah Brealey

A famous author is headlining a literary festival in Norwich this month.

JM Coetzee is making a rare UK appearance to headline the Worlds Literature Festival event. He will be appearing at An Evening with Four South African Writers at the Norwich Playhouse on Tuesday June 22.

The Nobel Prize winner and twice Booker Prize winner, who grew up in South Africa and lives in Australia, last appeared at the Worlds Literature Festival in June 2008.

The festival, between June 20 and 27, is organised by Writers' Centre Norwich. This year it involves writers from 16 countries and includes the launch of Granta 111 with Andrew O'Hagan and Jon McGregor, and Summer Reads, a scheme which encourages local readers to read six books from around the world. There is also an event with Australian writers Chloe Hooper, Michelle de Kretser and Steven Amsterdam and chances for up-and-coming writers to take part in one-off workshops.

Chief executive Chris Gribble said: 'Worlds 2010 builds on Norwich's tradition for setting the pace of literary debate. This year we're working particularly closely with British Council in the UK and South Africa as well Australia Council as part of our bid to become the first English UNESCO City of Literature. We're delighted to host JM Coetzee as part of this programme and see it as a real testament to our programme and approach that he is returning to give a rare reading from his own work.'

For more information go to www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk or call 01603 877177.

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