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THE writers’ festival launches FREE Autumn line-up with big names and a fresh face.
Every Wednesday from 7th October – 18th November 2020


UEA Live Literary Festival Norwich



UEA Live is the new name and direction for the renowned UEA Literary Festival; ushering in an exciting era of broad, energetic programmes. They are still committed to inspiring and empowering audiences, drawing on the University of East Anglia’s expertise in storytelling across all their subjects and proud of their broad, dynamic, inclusive programmes, their unique heritage, and the curious, charismatic community that brings the festival to life.

In 2020, they are launching two special event series, celebrating CW50 – 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA.

In the spirit of doing things differently since Covid, the UEA Live Autumn 2020 programme will be available for FREE to experience online.

Booking is OPEN – visit the UEA Live website NOW!

Usually, ticket sales keep UEA Live running, so while they are offering their events for FREE, it would be great to support them with a donation. Even a small donation will make a huge difference.

Donations will help cover authors’ fees and the cost of producing the festival online.

Your generosity will mean UEA Live can continue to create dynamic and inclusive events well into the future.

Autumn 2020 Line-up

Wednesday 7th October

Lee Child: The Reacher Guy


Lee Child UEA Literary Festival Norwich


Jack Reacher’s creator and bestselling author Lee Child will join his biographer Heather Martin for a special discussion centred around her authorised biography, The Reacher Guy.

Her book is a revealing portrait of Child as a young man, refracted through the life of his fictional avatar, Jack Reacher. Join Child and Martin as they discuss the biography’s source material – their own conversations and correspondence, his literary archive, and interviews with friends, teachers, colleagues and neighbours – to unearth the man behind the myth.


Wednesday 14th October

Bocas Lit Fest Celebrates Caribbean Women’s Writing: Ayanna Gillian Lloyd, Tessa McWatt and Ingrid Persaud


UEA Live Literary Festival Bocas Norwich


Celebrating UEA’s strong ties with Bocas, we are delighted to bring you a conversation between three associated writers, Ayanna Gillian Lloyd, Tessa McWatt and Ingrid Persaud.

Based in Trinidad and Tobago, Bocas is a non-for-profit year-round writing and literary arts development organisation. They run the NGC Bocas Lit Fest, Trinidad and Tobago’s annual literary festival, and administer major regional writing prizes, which provide crucial support for Caribbean writers, including the prestigious OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.


Wednesday 21st October

Diana Evans


Diana Evans UEA Live Literary Festival Online Norwich


Join Diana Evans, author of bestselling novels 26a, The Wonder, and Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlisted novel Ordinary People.

Set in London to an exhilarating soundtrack of the first decade of the 2000s, Ordinary People is an intimate study of identity and parenthood, sex and grief, friendship and ageing, and the fragile architecture of love. The event is chaired by Jean McNeil, Professor of Creative Writing at UEA.


Wednesday 28th October

Ian McEwan


Ian McEwan UEA Live Literary Festival online Norwich


Inaugural UEA Creative Writing MA graduate Ian McEwan returns to his alma mater to share his experiences as an award-winning, world-renowned writer.

He is joined in conversation by chair Jon Cook who is emeritus professor of the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA.


Wednesday 4th November

Poems, Perseverance and Positivity: Raymond Antrobus and Joe Dunthorn


Joe Dunthorne UEA Live Literary Festival Norwich


Creative Writing alumnus and author Joe Dunthorne and 2020 UNESCO Fellow for Poetry at UEA Raymond Antrobus get together to discuss their careers in poetry, why they write, and how the poems they love are keeping them going right now.

They’ll be sharing their thoughts with poet, performer and arts producer Lewis Buxton. Lewis was the recipient of the 2018 UEA Literary Festival Bursary for Creative Writing.


Raymond Antrobus UEA Live Literary Festival Norwich



Wednesday 11th November

Lorna Sage: Bad Blood
20th Anniversary


Lorna Sage Bad Blood UEA Live Literary Fesitval


Celebrating 20 years since Lorna Sage’s seminal memoir Bad Blood was first published, Sage’s former husband Victor and their daughter, Sharon, join novelist and UEA alumna Louise Doughty for a special discussion.

The critically acclaimed and 2001 Whitbread Book award-winning biography is set in post-war North Wales, it reflects on the dysfunctional generations of a family, its problems, and their effect on Sage. Sage went on to become professor of English Literature at UEA in 1994. The event is chaired by Kathryn Hughes. Kathryn is a historian, critic and professor of Life Writing at UEA.


Louise Doughty UEA Live Literary Festival



Wednesday 18th November

Bernardine Evaristo


Bernardine Evaristo UEA Live Literary Festival Norwich


2019’s Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo explores her career, works, and recent success with Girl, Woman, Other.

The discussion will be chaired by Claire Hynes who holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA. Hynes previously worked as news editor for The Voice and as a TV producer for the BBC.




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