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Guardian Live: Jeanette Winterson "In Conversation" with John Irving

12 Jan 2016

On 1 February 2016 (6.30-8pm) at the Whitworth Art Gallery

Jeanette Winterson

John Irving is one of America’s greatest living novelists. He won the National Book Award in 1980 for his novel The World According to Garp , received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story Interior Space and in 2000 won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

Reviewing John Irving’s twelfth novel In One Person, which won a Lambda Award in 2013, Jeanette Winterson noted that: “Reading Irving, it seems to me that what he is saying about desire outside of the missionary position – (a psychic attitude, not a physical preference) – is never an apology, nor an explanation.

Irving’s new novel, his fourteenth, Avenue of Mysteries, was described in the New York Times as “thoroughly modern, accessibly brainy, hilariously eccentric and beautifully human.”

He will read from and discuss his new novel with Jeanette Winterson, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, who recently published The Gap of Time.

This event is produced in association with Guardian Live, a programme of debates, keynote speeches and interview.

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