Saturday 23 April 14:00 – 15:00

LOVE STORIES: Love Marriage/Free Love

Tickets on sale for Festival Friends from 28 Feb and on general sale from 7 March

The Theatre



£12.00 each

MONICA ALI is an award-winning, bestselling writer whose work has been translated into twenty-six languages. Her debut novel, Brick Lane, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and described by James Wood as ‘a great achievement of the subtlest storytelling’. She followed it up with a novel-in-stories, Alentejo Blue, In the Kitchen and Untold Story.

Monica Ali was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She has judged a number of literary prizes including as Chair of the Asian Man Booker. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including the Guardian, The Times, the New Yorker and the New York Times. Monica has been a guest editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme, and has presented several editions of the Radio 4 show, A Point of View. She is a Fellow of the RSA and of the Orwell Prize. She has taught creative writing at Columbia University, New York, and was, from 2015 to 2018, Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of Surrey. Monica is a Trustee of the St Giles Trust, a charity that helps ex-offenders and other marginalised and disadvantaged people in the UK.

Yolande De Vries