Legendary British Author and Playwright Michael Frayn to speak at Literary Leicester festival

Posted by er134 at Nov 08, 2013 10:05 AM |
Talk for sixth annual festival to take place on Saturday 16 November at 7:30pm

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 November 2013

Award-winning author Michael Frayn will be speaking at the sixth annual Literary Leicester festival at the University of Leicester on Saturday 16 November at 7.30pm.

Mr Frayn will be discussing his latest novel, the top ten bestseller, Skios, which was long-listed for the 2012 Booker Prize. His talk will conclude the three-day Literary Leicester festival 2013, which runs between the 13-16 November.

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on The Guardian and The Observer. During his time as a journalist he gained a reputation as a satirist and began publishing his own works.

He is one of only a handful of writers to have had equal success as a novelist and as a playwright. His most famous novels include Headlong (1999) which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and Spies (2002) which won the Whitbread Novel Award. His most recent book, Skios (2012), was published to widespread acclaim.

His fifteen multi-award winning plays include hugely popular farces such as Noises Off, as well as more serious theatre like Copenhagen, Democracy and, most recently, Afterlife. He has also written screenplays for film, including the much-loved British comedy classic, Clockwise (1986), starring John Cleese.

Dr Harry Whitehead of the University of Leicester’s School of English, who will be chairing the event, said: “For some fifty years Michael Frayn has been among the country’s leading playwrights and authors.

“His many plays – including Noises Off, Copenhagen and Democracy - have won virtually every major theatrical award there is in the UK and the US. Many of his eleven novels have been bestsellers and won or been shortlisted for awards including the Booker, the Whitbread and the Somerset Maugham. His novel Spies has been used as a set A Level text.

“For the University and Literary Leicester to be able to welcome such a legend of British letters is truly a unique event, and a fantastic opportunity to hear such a witty and articulate writer discuss his latest work, Skios, the very funny top ten bestseller that was long-listed for the 2012 Booker Prize.”

The event is taking place in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing on Saturday 16 November at 7:30pm.

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For more information contact Dr Harry Whitehead at: hdw5@le.ac.uk

You can reserve free tickets by visiting the Embrace Arts website http://www.le.ac.uk/embracearts/ or by emailing litleic@le.ac.uk

Alternatively, tickets can be picked up at Embrace Arts on Lancaster Road. The Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 9.15am-6.00pm.

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