19 Sep 2018 - 10 Oct 2018

The Many Fictions of William Boyd

An evening with one of the master storytellers of our time.

William Boyd takes to the stage – alone – to talk about his life as a creator of many fictions, beginning with the publication of his first novel, A GOOD MAN IN AFRICA in 1981 and ending with an exclusive reading from his latest novel, LOVE IS BLIND – which will be published in September 2018.

Boyd has written fifteen novels — published around the world and translated into some three dozen languages – four collections of short stories, the screenplays for seventeen films and television mini-series and three produced plays.  That’s a lot of fiction for one man and Boyd relates the stories and struggles that have ensued in this long and lively career. Stories that not only include the inspiration for some of his most famous novels – Brazzaville Beach, Any Human Heart and Sweet Caress, to name but three — but also other matters arising from the business of writing for a living, and living for writing. Such as — an eleven-year lawsuit against his French publisher (for theft), the particular problems of trying to write a James Bond novel, and – perhaps the most perplexing of the many fictions Boyd has created – the history of his collaboration with David Bowie in the evolution of the entirely made-up American artist Nat Tate (1928-1960) and the art-world hoax that followed.

Expect a creatively intriguing and revelatory encounter – and William Boyd, the real one, will definitely be there.

There will be a book signing after each event.

The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival tickets will go on sale to the general public on 5th September 2018.


Serena Brett