Featured Recordings from the Archive Featured Recordings from the Archive

Read more about our UEA Literary Festival Archive further below.

Here are some recordings from the archive. We'll be sharing more here over the coming months.

Kamila Shamsie in conversation with Christopher Bigsby, Autumn 2017

Tracy Chevalier in conversation with Andrew Cowan, Autumn 2019

Caryl Phillips and Margaret Drabble in conversation with Professor Christopher Bigsby, Autumn 2018

David Mitchell in conversation with Professor Christopher Bigsby, Autumn 2015

The author of Booker shortlisted novels, 'number9dream' and 'Cloud Atlas' gives a  revealing interview about his writing life - from his earliest experiences as a reader and writer to his prize winning and acclaimed novels.

Ian McEwan in conversation with Professor Christopher Bigsby, Autumn 2015

The acclaimed novelist and graduate of UEA, Ian McEwan, talks about the inspiration behind his critically and commercially acclaimed 2014 novel, 'The Children Act', which considers how the family law deals with with religious arguments against medical intervention.

Lee Child in conversation with Henry Sutton, Spring 2013

Child talks about his writing process and his incredible success in attracting readers of all literary tates. He discusses his 17th book in the phenomenally successful Jack Reacher crime thriller series. 'A Wanted Man'. We are proud to host his literary archive as part of UEA's British Archive for Contemporary Writing. 

Sarah Hall in conversation with Philip Langeskov, Spring 2018

The acclaimed writer talks about the art of the short story form and the writing of her short story collection, Madame Zero. 

Elizabeth Strout in conversation with Peggy Hughes, Autumn 2019

The Pullitzer Prize winning writing discusses the return of her flawed but much loved character, Olive Kitteridge, in her new book, 'Olive Again'. 

Elif Shafak in conversation with Jean McNeil, Spring 2017

Elif Shafak, the Turkish writer, activist and academic, talks about her writing life and her 2016 novel, 'Three Daughters of Eve'.

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Professor Andrew Cowan, Spring 2014

The highlly acclaimed author of The Handmaid's Tale and The Testaments has visited the Festival several times since 1991. She held a Fellowship at UEA and worked with our creative writing students. Here she talks about surveillance culture, dystopian fiction and her writing life. The recording takes a moment or two to begin. 

Gina Miller in conversation with Professor Sarah Barrow, Spring 2019

The entrepreuner, philanthropist and campaigner for social justice and democracy talks to  Professor Sarah Barrow about her book: 'Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way'.

Max Porter in conversation with Philip Langeskov, Spring 2019

Former Granta editor and author of the prize winning and highly acclaimed 'Grief, a Thing With Feathers' talks about his writing life and his much anticipated second novel 'The Lanny'. 

George Saunders in conversation with Philip Langeskov, Spring 2017

The acclaimed and prize winning novelist, essayist and short story writer, George Saunders, is interviewed about his novel, Lincoln in the Bardo.

Christie Watson in conversation with Naomi Wood, Spring 2018

Acclaimed and prize winning writer, Christie Watson, talks to Naomi Wood, fellow graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA about her writing life, her twenty year career in nursing and what drove her to write her bestselling memoir, 'The Language of Kindness'. Christie is one of thousands of retired nurses who have returned to the front line of nursing in the wake of Covid 19.

Marlon James in conversation with Tom Benn, Spring 2019

The Booker Prize winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, discusses his writing and his fourth novel: Black Leopard, Red Wolf, with UEA's Tom Benn in Spring 2019.

Elizabeth Macneal in conversation with Rebecca Stott, Autumn 2019

UEA MA Creative Writing graduate and acclaimed novelist, Elizabeth Macneal discusses her bestselling debut novel, The Doll Factory, written while at UEA.

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About the UEA Literary Festival Archive About the UEA Literary Festival Archive

A collection of more than 450 audio and video recordings of literary figures being interviewed before audiences at the University of East Anglia's Literary Festival. These include readings from the authors’ works.

The recordings begin in 1991 and include audiences with William Styron, Doris Lessing and Salman Rushdie in the first year.  Additions are made annually.

In 2016, British Archive for Contemporary Writing began to digitise selected older recordings in partnership with the East Anglian Film Archive. 

A complete list of recordings, in chronological order, can be found below: 

Autumn 1991
Arthur Miller /Doris Lessing / Gore Vidal /Salman Rushdie and 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 / Seebastian 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/ Tessa 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

PDF Listing of this collection 1991-2015 [, 250 KB]

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