Talks & debates

Genre Benders

Part of Man Booker 50

Hear four boundary-pushing writers discuss experimentation in fiction.

In light of emerging literary experiments with form and narrative, four acclaimed writers – Paul Beatty, Eleanor Catton, Deborah Levy and Graeme Macrae Burnet – come together to discuss their own experiments with fiction.

Why do they love playing these games and how far are they prepared to go?

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

Eleanor Catton won the Man Booker Prize in 2013 with The Luminaries. Her first novel, The Rehearsal, was published when she was 22. The Luminaries is currently being adapted into a six-part television mini-series for the BBC.

She was born in Canada, grew up in New Zealand and now lives in Cambridge.

Deborah Levy was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize with Swimming Home in 2012 and Hot Milk in 2016. A novelist and playwright, her plays have been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is the author of six novels, including The Unloved, Billy & Girl, Swallowing Geography, Beautiful Mutants and two works of memoir.

She lives in London.

Graeme Macrae Burnet was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2016 with His Bloody Project. His French-set debut, The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau, was a cult hit and won him a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award. His third novel, The Accident on the A35, was published to critical acclaim in October 2017.

He was brought up in Kilmarnock and now lives in Glasgow.

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