Book Event


Abdulrazak Gurnah

Nobel Prize Winner in Literature

Wednesday 15 June, 7.45-8:45pm

Baillie Gifford Big Tent


Closing our Sunrise Festival is the recipient of the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature, author of ten novels and numerous short stories, Abdulrazak Gurnah.

Both a scholar of postcolonial literature and one of its most celebrated authors, Abdulrazak Gurnah’s life and work alike are steeped in the complex reality of exile, a topic as relevant today as it ever was.

Abdulrazak joins BBC journalist Kavita Puri for a conversation exploring the themes celebrated by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy: a dedication to truth and aversion to simplification, compassion and unyielding commitment to the full complexity of human life, and above all things the intellectual passion that remains as undimmed now as when he began writing.

'...a wondrous writer, deeply compelling, a thread that links our humanity with the colonial legacy that lies beneath, in ways that cut deep' Philippe Sands

This event is sponsored by Baillie Gifford.



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