Hanif Kureishi in Conversation
7 October 2019
An evening with one of the most incisive and important chroniclers of our age on publication of a new collection of essays and fiction: What Happened?
From social media to the ancient classics; from appraisals of David Bowie to Georges Simenon to Keith Jarrett; from ice cream to Netflix: this volume of criticism and short stories is the latest event in a unique body of literature. Join Hanif Kureishi in conversation about this new work and his career to date.
Hanif Kureishi grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King’s College London. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy, The Last Word and The Nothing. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and Le Week-End. He has also published several collections of short stories. Kureishi has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the PEN/Pinter Prize, and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. His work has been translated into thirty-six languages. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Kingston University.
A stage adaptation of My Beautiful Laundrette (Faber), with music composed by Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys, will open on 20 September and tour Leicester, Cheltenham, Leeds, Coventry and Birmingham.