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The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre in association with the New Statesman presents James Kelman

Booker Prize-winning novelist James Kelman in conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, Culture Editor of the New Statesman


Booker Prize-winning novelist James Kelman will read from his new novel 'Mo said she was quirky', and reflect on the art of fiction in conversation with Jonathan Derbyshire, Culture Editor of the New Statesman.

Born in Glasgow in 1946, James Kelman is a novelist, short-story writer, and dramatist. He has taught creative writing at the University of Texas, the University of Glasgow and Goldsmiths. Eschewing an overtly literary language, his fiction finds its characteristic expression in vernacular, representing working-class Scottish life with both pathos and humour.

His many novels and collections of short stories include 'A Disaffection', winner of the James Tait Memorial Prize in 1989, the winner of the 1994 Booker Prize, 'How Late It Was, How Late', 'The Good Times', 'Translated Accounts', 'You have to be careful in the land of the free', and 'Kieron Smith, Boy'. He published a collection of essays, 'And the Judges Said...' in 2002 and his latest novel 'Mo said she was quirky' was published last year.

Jonathan Derbyshire is Culture Editor of the New Statesman. His literary journalism has also appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, New York Sun, Prospect, Times Literary Supplement and Time Out. In 2007, he edited 'Time Out: 1000 Books to change your life'. He has also written reviews for The Philosophers’ Magazine and New Humanist.

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January 2013

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