September - 2015
A Conversation with A.S. Byatt (18:30 - 19:30)
Ecole Normale Superieure, 45 Rue D'Ulm, 75005 Paris (Free and Open to the public)
Tonight A.S. Byatt, recipient of the Man Booker Prize, joins us for a wide-ranging conversation with Le Monde's Raphaelle Rerolle about her work as a novelist, critic, and short story writer. The diverse topics of her writing are well know to fans; Byatt has commented on her utmost respect for the lay reader who she says is interested "in almost everything". The Paris Review says no one has written both of Darwinian theory and the ancient, inexhaustible subject of sexual passion as well as A.S. Byatt noting that "there are few writers so rich in intellectual curiosity; none, perhaps who so definitely regards the life of the mind as a matter of pleasure taken and given in equal measure." Byatt's understanding of the novel has been influenced by writers such as Dostoyevsky, Camus and Beckett. This evening's prohram wil be introduced by distinguished professor of English Literature at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Marc Poree and moderated by Raphaelle Rerolle.
Write on Kew 2015 : A.S. Byatt and Robert Douglas-Fairhurst
Joseph Banks Building (16:30 - 17:30)
Booker Prize-winning novelist A.S. Byat has described reading the Alice stories as 'one of the defining moments in [her] life'. To make the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, she joins Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, author of a high praised new biography of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell, to discuss the enduring impact of the Alice stories and the complex relationship between their creator and the child for whom they were written.
Chaired by Peter Kemp.