Every word counts

Seventeen subtitled events at the Man Booker Prize Festival

The 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize takes place this July, discover the finest fiction and hear from past winners with a series of subtitled talks at their new festival.


At 17 subtitled talks you can delve into a range of topics, including the role of the literary novel in the age of social media, how far novelists can go with experiments in form and narrative, the future of the novel and what makes a great literary adaptation.


The live subtitled events are:


Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker - Rewriting the past 

Hear from two masters of the genre, Hilary Mantel and Pat Barker, as they discuss how historical fiction can shed a light on our present.

Fri 6 Jul 2018, 7:30pm


Howard Jacobson - Why the novel matters

Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson delivers a keynote lecture on why we need the novel. In the age of Twitter and no-platforming, Jacobson argues that the novel has never been more necessary.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 10:30am


Alan Hollinghurst & Marlon James - Writing Hidden Histories

Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James discuss their fictional depictions of two opposing worlds set in contrasting eras.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 12:00pm


Hilary Mantel: World Book Club

Acclaimed author, Hilary Mantel, discusses her chart-topping, Man Booker Prize-winning novel Bring Up the Bodies.

She speaks with BBC presenter Harriett Gilbert, taking questions from the audience and listeners around the world.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 1:30pm


Colm Tóibín, Ellie Catton and Guests: From Page to Screen

Join award-winning authors and film-makers as they discuss what makes a great adaptation and the process of transforming a work of fiction for the big screen.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 3:00pm


Anne Enright and Penelope Lively: Sex, Love and Families

Booker Prize-winning authors Anne Enright and Penelope Lively gather to discuss how the past impacts the present and how memory affects perception in their work.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 4:30pm


David Grossman

David Grossman, winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, talks about his prize winning novel A Horse Walks into a Bar and his use of humour to deal with suffering and loss.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 6:00pm


Ben Okri: How to Read Like a Writer

Acclaimed novelist and poet Ben Okri discusses how reading can transform the art of writing and living.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 6:00pm


Kiran Desai and Anita Desai

See Man Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai in candid conversation with her mother, award-winning writer Anita Desai.

Sat 7 Jul 2018, 7:30pm


Genre Benders: Paul Beatty, Graeme Macrae Burnett & Ellie Catton

Hear four boundary-pushing writers discuss experimentation in fiction.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 11:30am


Peter Carey and Julian Barnes

Between them, they’ve written over 25 novels, of which three have won the Man Booker Prize. In this dialogue, the authors compare notes on their creative process, exploring experimentation with form and narrative, notions of national identity and matters of the human heart.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 11:30am


Colm Toibin and Rachel Whiteread: The Art of Collaboration

Hear renowned author Colm Tóibín and artist Rachel Whiteread discuss their creative collaboration. In this talk, they reflect on the benefits and challenges of working with an artist from another discipline.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 1:00pm


The Connected World: Kiran Desai & Kamila Shamsie

Rethink the world in this discussion of literature, belonging and identity with Kamila Shamsie, Andrew O'Hagan, and DBC Pierre.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 2:30pm


Kazuo Ishiguro & Michael Ondaatje - An Unmediated Conversation

For the first time ever, Kazuo Ishiguro and Michael Ondaatje appear in an unchaired one-to-one event to discuss the pleasures and challenges of the creative process. Drawing on the wide range of influences that have informed their work, especially cinema and music, their discussion is structured around film clips and a playlist selected by the pair.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 2:30pm


Roddy Doyle & Paul Beatty: The Comic Novel

Man Booker Prize-winning authors Paul Beatty and Roddy Doyle come together to discuss the challenges of writing comic novels.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 4:00pm


The Future of the Novel

This final debate explores what the future holds for the novel. What further experimentations might we start to see in genre, narrative and form?

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 5:30pm


Golden Man Booker Live

Don’t miss the literary event of the year, as the winner of the Golden Man Booker is announced.

Sun 8 Jul 2018, 7:00pm


To find out more about the festival please visit https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/man-booker-50


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