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FES - UEA Literary Festival

Reference code
FES
Level of description
Collection
Title
UEA Literary Festival
1991-
Quantity & Format
Mixed
Subject
Authors -- 20th century -- Interviews
University of East Anglia. Centre for Creative and Performing Arts
University of East Anglia. Arthur Miller Centre
Creator
UEA Autumn Literary Festival
Administrative/Biographical history
1991-2019
Creator
UEA Spring Literary Festival
Administrative/Biographical history
1993-2020
Creator
UEA Live
Administrative/Biographical history
2020- (replaces UEA Literary Festival: both spring and autumn).
Scope and content
The UEA Literary Festival Archive (now UEA Live) is a collection of more than 450 audio and video recordings (VHS, DVD and digital) of major UK and international literary and other figures being interviewed before audiences at the University of East Anglia as part of its major year round literary festival. These include readings from the authors’ works.

The interviews begin in 1991 and include audiences with William Styron, Doris Lessing and Salman Rushdie in the first year. Until 2020, the Spring Literary Festival was hosted by the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts. Until 2019, the Autumn Literary Festival was hosted by the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies. These events are now amalgmated as UEA Live.

Additions are made annually. Since 2017, the recordings are available digitally. Since the launch of the BACW, 10% of the earlier collection has been digitally remastered and more is planned.

All recordings from 1991-2015 are catalogued in the UEA Library catalogue but a listing by Festival year is also provided below. Individual records for each author appearance will be available at the end of Sep 2020.

Autumn 1991
Arthur Miller
Doris Lessing
Gore Vidal
Salman Rushdie
Fay Weldon
William Styron
P.D. James
Ruth Rendell
Arnold Wesker
Brian Aldiss
Maggie Gee

Summer 1992
Toni Morrison

Autumn 1992
Susan Sontag
Iris Murdoch
John Fowles
Joyce Carol Oates
William Golding
Margaret Drabble
Michael Holroyd
Antonia Byatt
Julian Barnes

Summer 1993
Joseph Heller
David Malouf
Jim Crace
Marina Warner
Elspeth Barker
Michele Roberts
Paul Bailey
Peter Ackroyd
Iain Sinclair
Adam Mars-Jones
Sara Maitland
Edmund White

Autumn 1993
Margaret Atwood
Michael Ondattje
Alan Bennett
Ian McEwan
Malcom Bradbury
Rose Tremain
Elmore Leonard
E.L. Doctorow
John Ashbery
T C Boyle
Penelope Lively
Martin Amis
Graham Swift

Spring 1994
Andrew Davies
Russell-Celyn Jones
Harold Pinter
Hilary Mantel
Will Self
Pam Houston
Ray Shell
John Banville
William Gaddis

Spring 1995
Marina Warner
Simon Armitage
Mark Illis
Shena Mackay
Suzannah Dunn
Robert Coover

Summer 1995
Jeff Noon
Nick Hornby
Livi Michael

Autumn 1995
Arthur Miller
Thomas Keneally
Fay Weldon
Mario Vargas Llosa
Paul Theroux
Doris Lessing
Mordecai Richler
David Lodge

Spring 1996
Richard Holmes
Andrew Motion
Janette Turner Hospital
Alan Hollinghurst
Tony Harrison
Ted Hughes
Pat Barker
Miranda Seymour

Summer 1996
Sunetra Gupta
Aamer Hussein
Graham Swift
Candia McWilliam
Adam Phillips
Barbara Gowdy
Kate Pullinger

Autumn 1996
William Gibson
Joseph Heller
Edna O'Brien
Grace Paley
Irina Ratushinskaya
A.S. Byatt
Ruth Rendell
Margaret Drabble
Salman Rushdie
Melvyn Bragg
Stephen Fry

Spring 1997
Blake Morrison
Hermione Lee
Eva Hoffman
Rose Tremain
Michele Roberts
Katherine Pierpoint
Ian McEwan
Ben Okri

Autumn 1997
Norman Mailer
Iain Banks
Peter Carey
Richard Ford
Jane Urquhart
Andrew Motion
Margaret Drabble
John Banville
Bill Bryson
Tom Stoppard

Spring 1998
Don Paterson
Nell Dunn
Claire Tomalin
Seamus Heaney
Alan Hollinghurst
Kathy Lette

Autumn 1998
Richard E. Grant
Louis de Bernieres
Jane Smiley
Martin Amis
Gore Vidal
Hanif Kureishi
Malcom Bradbury
Peter Ustinov
Doris Lessing
P.J. O'Rourke

Spring 1999
Charlie Higson
W.G. Sebald
Ali Smith
Simon Armitage
Patricia Duncker
Patrick Gale
Ian McEwan
Susan Perabo

Autumn 1999
Jung Chang
Christopher Fry
Kazuo Ishiguro
Frank McCourt
Joseph Heller
Steve Jones
Rose Tremain
Sebastian Faulks
Michael Frayn
Andrew Motion

Spring 2000
A.S. Byatt
Martyn Bedford
Toby Litt
Malcom Bradbury
Martin Amis
Germaine Greer
Doris Lessing
Michael Holroyd
Andrew Davies
Bridget O'Connor
Jose Dalisay
Russell-Celyn Jones
Les Murray

Autumn 2000
Jay McInerney
Graham Swift
Arthur Miller
Roy Hattersley
Beryl Bainbridge
Michael Palin
Terry Pratchett
Stephen Fry

Spring 2001
Richard Eyre
Ian McEwan
Fay Weldon
Trezza Azzopardi
Brian Keenan
Richard Holmes
Kate Atkinson
David Lodge

Autumn 2001
Jonathan Miller
Melvyn Bragg
Tom Courtenay
John Mortimer
Margaret Drabble
Paul McCartney
Muriel Spark
Clive James

Spring 2002
Esther Freud
Colin Thubron
Simon Schama
Jim Crace
Michael Wood
Andrew Miller
Tom Paulin

Autumn 2002
Prof Robert Winston
Arundhati Roy
Alan Ayckbourn
Donna Tartt
Jeremy Paxman
Seamus Heaney
Thomas Keneally
Harold Pinter

Spring 2003
Polly Toynbee
Will Hutton
Graham Swift
Caryl Phillips
Helon Habila
Barbara Trapido
Rose Tremain
T.C. Boyle
Margaret Atwood
Andrew Motion

Autumn 2003
Martin Bell
Martin Amis
Richard Dawkins
Louis de Bernieres
Madeleine Albright
Doris Lessing
David Guterson
Philip Pullman
Toni Morrison

Spring 2004
Tobias Wolff
Caroline Moorehead
Rageh Omaar
Alain de Botton
Monica Ali
Michael Holroyd
John Simpson
Niall Ferguson

Autumn 2004
Ian Rankin
Shelia Hancock
Andre Brink
David Leavitt
Kate Adie
David Lodge
Stella Rimington
Richard Hoggart
Simon Hoggart
Paul Hoggart
Alexander McCall Smith
Rory Bremner

Spring 2005
Joanna Trollope
A L Kennedy
Matthew Kneale
Fergal Keane
Russel Banks
Gavin Hewitt
Mark Lawson
Jeanette Winterson
Nick Hornby

Autumn 2005
Christopher Hampton
Zadie Smith
Stephen Fry
Salman Rushdie
Clive James
Richard Holmes
Jane Urquhart
Amy Tan

Spring 2006
Sarah Waters
Margaret Atwood
Jay McInerney
Matthew Parris
Richard E. Grant
Frank Gardner
Jane Smiley
Julian Clary

Autumn 2006
Richard Ford
Jonathan Franzen
Christopher Hope
Martin Amis
George Alagiah
Margaret Drabble
William Boyd
Rabbi Lionel Blue

Spring 2007
Justin Cartwright
Iain Banks
Simon Armitage
Will Hutton
Graham Swift
Jonathan Miller
Rachel Cusk
Marina Lewycka
Rose Tremain
Ian McEwan

Autumn 2007
Michael Ondaatje
Nawal el Saadawi
Doris Lessing
Blake Morrison
Claire Tomalin
Michael Frayn
Roy Hattersley
Stephen Poliakoff
Michael Holroyd

Spring 2008
Lisa Appignanesi
Junot Diaz
Michele Roberts
Alan Sillitoe
Linda Grant
Isabel Allende
Posy Simonds
Robert Macfarlane
Louis de Bernieres
Virago 30th Anniversary with Ali Smith and Carmen Calill

Autumn 2008
Cherie Blair
David Lodge
David Guterson
Geraldine Brooks
David Hare
Toni Morrison
Richard Holmes
Sebastian Barry
Jung Chang

Spring 2009
Steve Jones
Richard Mabey
Graham Swift
Geoff Dyer
Joan Bakewell
Will Self
Giles Foden
Simon Schama
Anne Michaels
C K Williams
Ian McEwan

Autumn 2009
Richard Flanagan
Carol Ann Duffy
Richard Eyre
Colm Toibin
Javier Marias
Alexander McCall Smith
Shirley Williams
A.S. Byatt

Spring 2010
Don Paterson
Laila Lalami
Joshua Ferris
Robin Robertson
Jim Crace
Joanne Harris
Esther Freud
Simon Armitage

Autumn 2010
Jonathan Franzen
Tim Dee & Mark Cocker
Michael Frayn
Melvyn Bragg
Penelope Lively
Rose Tremain
John Banville
David King, John Houghton & Phil Jones

Spring 2011
David Harsent
Andrea Levy
Alice Oswald
Sadie Jones
AC Grayling
Edmund de Waal
Jo Shapcott
Ali Smith

Autumn 2011
Wilbur Smith
Gail Jones
David Lodge
Evan Davis
Richard Dawkins
Jeffrey Eugenides
Antony Beevor
Antonia Fraser
Alan Hollinghurst

Spring 2012
John Burnside
A L Kennedy
Jeanette Winterson
John Lanchester
Sean O'Brien
Paul Farley
Iain Banks
Robin Dunbar
Jackie Kay

Autumn 2012
Sebastian Faulks
Jeremy Vine
Michael Chabon
T C Boyle
Edna O'Brien
Ian McEwan
Pat Barker
Ben Elton
Clive Stafford Smith

Spring 2013
Lee Child
Kathleen Jamie
Tracey Thorn
Michael Symmons Roberts
Ruth Padel
James Meek
Posy Simonds
Tess Hadley
Colm Toibin

Autumn 2013
Rose Tremain
Andrew Cowan
Naomi Alderman
Charlie Higson
David Almond
Adam Foulds
Anne Enright
Andrew Miller
John Boyne
Tracy Chevalier
Glenn Patterson
Ian McEwan
Paul Nurse

Spring 2014
Alaister Campbell
James Lasdun
Margaret Atwood
Susan Hill
Joanna Trollope
Benjamin Black
Emma Donoghue
Eleanor Catton

Autumn 2014
Stephen Fry
Tash Aw
Ian McEwan
Bernard Cornwell
Jane Smiley
Margaret Drabble & Eimear McBride
Lawrence Norfolk & David Vann
Richard Holmes

Spring 2015
Helen Macdonald
Rachel Cusk
Robert Macfarlane
Ali Smith
Alan Johnson
David Nicholls
Julia Blackburn

Autumn 2015
Vendela Vida
Jonathan Franzen
David Hare
Vince Cable
Richard Dawkins
Amit Chaudhuri
David Mitchell

Spring 2016
Paul Mason
Julie Myerson
Tim Parks
Melvyn Bragg
Graham Swift
Rowan Williams
Deborah Levy
Joanne Harris

Autumn 2016
David Lodge
Antony Beevor
Paddy Ashdown
Bernard Hill
Penelope Lively
David Grossman
Richard Holmes
Rose Tremain

Spring 2017
Lionel Shriver
Elif Shafak
Louise Doughty
George Saunders
Michael Pennington
Ali Smith
Ed Balls

Autumn 2017
Kazuo Ishiguro
Rebecca Stott
Kamila Shamsie
Richard Flanagan
Jon Snow
Stephen Westaby
Kenneth Clarke

Spring 2018
Stephen Fry
Sarah Hall
Jesmyn Ward
Madeline Miller
Christie Watson
Emma Healey

Autumn 2018
Christopher Andrew
Claire Tomalin
Rose Tremain
Caryl Phillips & Margaret Drabble
Jonathan Coe
Max Hastings
Henry Marsh

Spring 2019
Tracey Thorn
Tess Hadley
Marlon James
Gina Miller
John Boyne
Rachel Cusk
Max Porter
Damian Barr

Autumn 2019
Elizabeth Macneal
Tash Aw
Tracy Chevalier
Steve Jones
David Owen
Mary Beard
Elizabeth Strout
Chris Bigsby
Louis de Bernieres

Special event 2020
Isabel Allende
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