Week Seven includes award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell with her latest book Hamnet, art critic Anthony Byrt discussing Billy Apple and David Hockney in The Mirror Steamed Over and Chinese writer An Yu with debut novel Braised Pork.
MAGGIE O'FARRELL (United Kingdom) Acclaimed Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell's latest book Hamnet, is a recreation of the story of the death of Shakespeare's 11-year-old son. It is a Sunday Times bestseller and has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. O’Farrell has previously won numerous awards for her novels After You'd Gone, The Hand That First Held Mine, and her memoir I am, I am, I am.
ANTHONY BYRT (Aotearoa New Zealand) Art critic Anthony Byrt's latest book, The Mirror Steamed Over, takes us back to London’s art scene in the late 50's and early 60's focussing on the artists Billy Apple, David Hockney and the writer Ann Quin. His first book This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art was 2017 Ockham NZ Book Awards shortlisted.
AN YU (China) An Yu's debut novel Braised Pork captures contemporary life in a dizzyingly changing China. The Guardian described it as “Poised between silliness and high seriousness, contrasting narrative wildness with cool prose, the novel ignores the conventional advice “tell a dream, lose a reader.” An Yu has returned to live in Beijing after graduating from New York University, and stints in Paris and Hong Kong.
HOSTED BY: PAULA MORRIS (Aotearoa New Zealand) Paula Morris (Ngāti Wai, Ngāti Whātua) is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist. She was the 2019 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellow, teaches creative writing at The University of Auckland, sits on the Māori Literature Trust and is the founder of the Academy of NZ Literature.
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