literature & poetry

Kazuo Ishiguro & Michael Ondaatje

Part of Man Booker 50

For the first time ever, Kazuo Ishiguro and Michael Ondaatje appear in an unchaired one-to-one event to discuss the pleasures and challenges of the creative process.

Drawing on the wide range of influences that have informed their work, especially cinema and music, their discussion is structured around film clips and a playlist selected by the pair.

Kazuo Ishiguro won the Booker Prize in 1989 for Remains of the Day. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. Ishiguro’s eight works of fiction have earned him many awards and honours around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize.

His work has been translated into over 50 languages and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go were made into acclaimed films. Ishiguro also writes screenplays and song lyrics, and lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Michael Ondaatje won the Booker Prize in 1992 for The English Patient. He is one of the world’s foremost writers, and his artistry and aesthetic have influenced an entire generation of writers and readers.

Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses poetry, memoir, and film, and reveals a passion for defying conventional form.

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Royal Festival Hall


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