Arvon at Home: Craft of Writing with Alan Hollinghurst

in conversation with Alex Clark

Tuesday June 29th 2021, 7:00PM BST

Online

Arvon’s Craft of Writing sessions are invigorating deep dives into the creative processes of some of the finest writers at work today. Over the course of 80 minutes, they engage in expansive conversations about different facets of their craft: how they get their ideas; how they develop characters or build stories; or, more simply, how they make sentences. Each live session includes two audience Q&As.

Booker-prize winner Alan Hollinghurst’s first novel, The Swimming Pool Library, was hailed by the Guardian as ‘a historic novel and historic début’. It shifted the paradigm for post-war British writing and was a bestseller in both the UK and US. His 2004 masterpiece, The Line of Beauty, remains a definitive artistic statement on Thatcher’s Britain, set against the looming shadow of the AIDs epidemic. Along with four other novels, they constitute one of the most significant contributions to literature in the last 40 years. This is a rare opportunity to gain insight into the craft of a writer celebrated by The Times as ‘a contemporary master of English prose’.

Alan Hollinghurst is is joined by writer, critic and Front Row presenter Alex Clark for his Craft of Writing session.

Tuesday, 29th June, 19:00-20:20 BST

Cost: £20 (concession: £10)

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