Talks & debates

Roddy Doyle & Paul Beatty: The Comic Novel

Part of Man Booker 50

Man Booker Prize-winning authors Paul Beatty and Roddy Doyle come together to discuss the challenges of writing comic novels.

The authors talk about the ability of comic novels to address difficult topics, such as the portrayal of race and abuse, especially in their own work.

They tackle questions such as: Why have so few comic novels won the Man Booker Prize? Is the art of being funny underestimated, and in our troubled times do we need fiction that can make us laugh and satirise the present now more than ever?

Chaired by Natalie Haynes, writer, broadcaster and former Man Booker Judge.

Paul Beatty won the Man Booker Prize in 2016 with The Sellout. He is the author of The White Boy Shuffle, Slumberland, Tuff, and two anthologies of poetry, Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is also the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor.

He is currently Associate Professor in the School of the Arts Writing Programme at Columbia University, and lives in New York City.

Roddy Doyle won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 with Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He is the author of 11 novels, including The Commitments, The Woman Who Walked into Doors and, most recently, Smile.

Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958 and still lives there.

Dates & times

8 Jul 2018
Approximate run time: 60 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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