Will Self on his latest novel Phone, a satirical examination of life in the twenty-first century told through a lens of psychiatry, mental illness and existential uncertainty. Not least, why are we so constrained by the technologies intended to offer us more freedom? Meet a dementia-addled antipsychiatrist, his autistic grandson investigating the ruse of the Iraq war and MI6 agent Jonathan D’Ath, aka ‘the Butcher’ – a moniker given to him by everyone who knows him. What's strange about that? They all do it independently, unaware of the others. Enter a kaleidoscopic vision of a world we thought we knew...
Author of twelve novels, and many collections of short fiction and non-fiction, Will Self is a prolific journalist and broadcaster, analysing just about everything that makes us tick. His many books include Great Apes, The Book of Dave and, the first and second instalments in his trilogy, Umbrella and Shark, the first of which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He is a regular contributor to Radio 4 and national television.
This is the opening event to the festival on Thursday 21 February, 7–10pm at The Old Brewery Store. Tickets £25, including a two-course hot buffet dinner. (Doors open 7pm; Buffet 7.30pm; Will Self 8.15–9.15pm)
This event is supported by Shepherd Neame