A cornucopia of thoughtful and brilliantly witty essays on writing and literature, Will Self's Why Read takes us from the foibles of his typewriter repairman to the irradiated exclusion zone of Chernobyl, to the Australian outback and to literary forms past and future. With his characteristic intellectual brio, Self aims his inimitable eye at titans of literature like Woolf, Kafka, Orwell and Conrad, from W.G. Sebald’s childhood in Germany to the elevation of William S. Burroughs’s Junky from pulp novel to beloved cult classic. He also expands on his regular column in Literary Hub to ask readers how, what and why we should read in an ever-changing world. As expected, his trademark intoxicating prose and mordant, energetic humour infuse every piece.
He is in conversation with Andy Miller, author of A Year of Reading Dangerously, and presenter of the popular Backlisted podcast.
|Event Date||Sun 26 Feb 5:00 pm|
|Venue||The Alexander Centre|