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Booker Prize at Birkbeck - A conversation with Ian McEwan

Venue: Friends House

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Each year, a Booker prize nominee delivers a talk or takes part in a conversation here at Birkbeck. This year, Christopher Hampton, playwright, screenwriter, translator and film director, will join Ian McEwan in conversation about his book 'Atonement'. They will talk about the writing of the book as well as turning it into a film. 'Atonement' was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2001, and Ian McEwan won the prize in 1998 with 'Amsterdam'. 


Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, 'First Love, Last Rites', won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include 'The Child in Time', which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; 'The Cement Garden'; 'Enduring Love'; 'Amsterdam'; 'Atonement'; 'Saturday'; 'On Chesil Beach'; 'Solar'; 'Sweet Tooth'; 'The Children Act'; and 'Nutshell', which was a Number One bestseller. 'Atonement', 'Enduring Love', 'The Children Act' and 'On Chesil Beach' have all been adapted for the big screen.


Christopher Hampton is a playwright, screenwriter, director and producer. He was the youngest writer ever to have a play staged in the West End, and in the late 1960s, was resident dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre. His own stage plays include 'When Did You Last See My Mother' (1966), 'Total Eclipse' (1968); the comedy 'The Philanthropist' (1970) and 'Treats' (1976). In 1985 he wrote the play 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses', adapted and translated from the 'Choderlos de Laclos' novel. He then adapted this as a screenplay, the award winning and internationally successful 'Dangerous Liaisons'.  More recently, he wrote the screenplay for the BAFTA nominated film, 'Atonement' (2007), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. 



Please note:

Registration is free, but places are limited, so booking is essential.

All guests are invited to collect a free copy of the book from the Birkbeck library to read in advance of the event. Some free copies will also be available on the day.

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