Star-studded UEA literary festival

STEVE DOWNES A Whitbread award winner and two of the BBC's correspondents are part of an impressive line-up for the University of East Anglia's spring literary festival.

STEVE DOWNES

A Whitbread award winner and two of the BBC's correspondents are part of an impressive line-up for the University of East Anglia's spring literary festival.

The event, which runs at the UEA from February 16 to May 11, is launched by novelist Joanna Trollope, whose recent novel, Brother and Sister, is her 12th.

Scottish author AL Kennedy, who appears on February 21, has twice been selected as one of Granta's best of young British novelists. Her most recent novel, Paradise, was published last year.

On March 7, Matthew Kneale, the author of English Passengers, makes his debut appearance at UEA following the publication of his new book, Small Crimes in an Age of Abundance. He won the Whitbread Book of the Year award in 2000.

Also appearing are BBC correspondent Fergal Keane on March 14, award-winning novelist and critic Russel Banks on March 23, 10 O'Clock News correspondent Gavin Hewitt on April 18, adult and children's author Nina Bawden on April 25 and broadcaster Mark Lawson on May 4.

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Novelist and journalist Jeanette Winterson, whose latest novel, Lighthousekeeping, was published last year, closes the season on May 11.

Prof Jon Cook, dean of the faculty of arts and humanities, said: “We are thrilled to bring to the county such a broad cross-section of talented writers. There really is something for everyone here – from award-winning BBC journalists to popular and

prize-winning novelists.”

t All events begin at 7pm in LT1 at the UEA. Season tickets at £35 or individual tickets at £5 are available on 01603 508050.

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