Writing and reading go hand-in-hand. So what do our favourite writers choose to pick up (and revisit) for their own reading pleasure? And once revisited, how might the perception of a story or novel change? In a new programming strand to the Festival, major authors discuss and celebrate the writers and works that matter to them. Here Anne Enright chooses acclaimed Canadian short story writer Alice Munro.
This event is for a maximum of fifty people. The session will be relaxed and informal with the focus on conversation between the writer and the audience. Whilst the places are free, advance booking is essential.
"Alice Munro's work has accompanied me through the last twenty five years of my life. She just gets better. She is the reader's friend."
Anne Enright discusses and answers questions on Alice Munro’s latest collection, Too Much Happiness. Munro's accessible, moving stories are set in her native Canada, in small, provincial towns like the one in which she grew up, and explore human relationships through ordinary everyday events. Although not necessarily directly autobiographical, they reflect the author's own life experiences, are concerned with women's lives and are 'probably unrivalled in their fullness' (Washington Post 1998). Alice Munro was awarded the Man Booker International Prize in 2009 for a lifetime’s work.
Anne Enright has written essays, short stories, a work of non-fiction and four novels, the most recent of which, The Gathering, won the 2007 Man Booker Prize.