Event

Summer – Ali Smith (cancelled)

Friday 22 May
The Halls, Norwich
7 - 8pm
£12 / £10.20 conc / £7.50 under 26

Cover of 'Summer' by Ali Smith

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled

For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

The Baileys and Goldsmiths prize-winning, Man-Booker shortlisted author returns to Norwich with the unmissable finale to her dazzling literary tour de force, the Seasonal Quartet. Summer is a bold and brilliant novel that captures the state of our nation with burning immediacy.

Ali will be in conversation with Chris Gribble, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Writing.

‘A bold and brilliant experiment’ – Independent

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of many novels, including most recently the ‘Seasonal’ quartet. Her 2014 novel How to be both won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award. She has also been shortlisted once for the Orwell Prize, twice for the Orange Prize and four times for the Man Booker Prize, among many other prizes. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.

‘Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment’ – Independent

‘The novel of the year is obviously Autumn’ – Observer on Autumn

‘Masterful… Winter is utterly original’ – New York Times Book Review on Winter

‘Luminous, generous, hope-filled… A dazzling hymn to hope. Ali Smith is lighting us a path out of the nightmarish now’ – Observer on Spring

Read: ‘Ali Smith on the post-truth era: ‘There is still a light’ (Penguin, September 2018)

Read: The writer on how her quartet of seasonal novels became a meditation on the divisions caused by Brexit (Guardian, September 2019)

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City of Literature weekend is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival and National Centre for Writing presentation, programmed by the National Centre for Writing.

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May 22, 2020 7:00 pm May 22, 2020 7:00 pm Europe/London Summer – Ali Smith (cancelled) Writers' Centre Norwich –

It is with regret that we announce that Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2020 (and the City of Literature Weekend) has been cancelled For a full statement, please visit the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website. The Baileys and Goldsmiths prize-winning, Man-Booker shortlisted author returns to Norwich with the unmissable finale to her dazzling literary tour de […]

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