One of the nation’s most accomplished living novelists, Ali Smith will be in conversation with journalist and author, Arifa Akbar, about the inspiration for her latest book, Companion Piece, and the seasonal quartet of novels that wove fiction from life following Brexit. Accompanied by short readings selected by Smith, the event also explores her love of music, her life and work, as well as the value of hospitality in society and the importance of openness in our age.
Ali Smith is the author of many works of fiction, including, most recently, Summer, Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public library and other stories, and How to be both, which won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize, and the Costa Novel of the Year Award. Her work has four times been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Born in Inverness, Scotland, she lives in Cambridge, England.