Mon, 7 November 2022

6:45 pm - 8:00 pm GMT

Will Self on Writing – Live on Stage in London

In Conversation With Matthew Beaumont

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Join ‘the most daring and delightful novelist of his generation’ (The Guardian) for a brilliantly witty journey through a life in writing and literature.

Will Self is ‘a goat among the sheep of contemporary English fiction’ (New York Review of Books). Equally adept at comic grotesquery and modernist stream of consciousness, pathos and provocation, he is a modern-day flaneur with an inimitable eye and a caustic wit rarely seen in the world of English letters.

Now he returns to How To Academy to take us through a life of writing. In conversation with critic Matthew Beaumont, he will take on misadventures from the irradiated exclusion zone of Chernobyl to the Australian outback, share his insights into literary forms past and future, and take aim at titans of literature like Woolf, Kafka, Orwell, and Conrad.

When did bookshelves invade the home? How, what, and why should we read in an ever-changing world? How does a man named ‘Will Self’ Google his own name in a world lived online?

Hear the answers to all these questions and more from one of our greatest living writers.

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Will Self

Novelist and Essayist

Will Self is the author of many novels and books of non-fiction, including Great Apes, The Book of Dave, How the Dead Live, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Novel of the Year 2002, The Butt, winner of the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction 2008, and Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2012. He lives in south London.

Matthew Beaumont

Professor of English Literature, UCL

Matthew Beaumont, a Professor of English Literature at UCL, is the author of Nightwalking (2015) and The Walker(2020).