An Evening with JM Coetzee, Xiaolu Guo, Julia Franck and Ivan Vladislavic

Date: 19/06/2014 Times: 7.30pm Prices: £12/£10 Conc Location: Norwich Playhouse

An evening devoted to the best in Word Literature, featuring Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee.

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Writers’ Centre Norwich would love you to join us in welcoming Nobel Laureate JM Coetzee back to Norwich, City of Literature, for a very special Worlds Literature Festival event.

In years past Coetzee has wowed Playhouse audiences with sharp new prose and an even sharper presence, and this time will be no exception. The Man Booker prize winning author of Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace is highly sought-after the world over but rarely appears; we’re promised a special and electric evening that you won’t want to miss.

Coetzee will be joined by international talents Xiaolu Guo (A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers), Julia Franck (The Blind Side of the Heart) and Ivan Vladislavic (Double Negative) for an evening of world literature that will invigorate and absorb you.

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About the Authors

J M Coetzee was born in South Africa in 1940. He won the 1983 Booker Prize with Life & Times of Michael K and then again with Disgrace in 1999. In 2003 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. J M Coetzee lives in Australia.

Julia Franck
was born in Berlin in 1970.  Her novel The Blind Side of the Heart was awarded the German Book Prize and has sold over 1 million copies in Germany alone. Her latest book Back to Back has received substantial critical acclaim.

Xiaolu Guo was born in a fishing village in south China. She studied film at the Beijing Film Academy and published six books in China before she moved to London in 2002. Her first novel written in English, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers was shortlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.

Ivan Vladislavic is the author of the highly praised The Restless Supermarket, as well as award-winning non-fiction, Portrait with Keys, which won the Alan Paton Award. Originally part of a collaborative project with photographer David Goldblatt, Double Negative won the University of Johannesburg Creative Writing Prize 2010/11. Vladislavic currently lives in Johannesburg.

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