Zadie Smith: Swing Time - in conversation
An essential writer for our times, hear Zadie Smith - author of the award-winning novels White Teeth, and On Beauty - reflect on fiction, friendship and capturing a changing world on the page.
Zadie Smith reads from new new novel Swing Time, and joins Ted Hodgkinson, Southbank Centre's Senior Programmer, Literature and Spoken Word, in conversation on our Royal Festival Hall stage.
In this fascinating discussion, the writer talks about the inspiration she drew from dance for Swing Time, and its characters. Smith also talks candidly about the writing process as well as her fascination with time ('It's really the only subject for me') as a recurring motif within her work, and for the freedom it offers a writer.