Derek Johns

Derek Johns


Derek Johns has been a bookseller, editor, publisher and literary agent. He has been a trustee of English PEN, and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Booker Foundation and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He is the author of a novel, The Billy Palmer Chronicles, and Ariel: A Literary Biography of Jan Morris.

Event 13: The Booker Prize at 50

Alexander McKenzie Stage

The Booker Prize turns 50 this year. ¬†Once dismissed as ‘posh bingo’ by Julian Barnes (but not after he himself won it), the Booker is one of the leading literary prizes in the world. ¬†Eleanor Catton, whose novel The Luminaries won the prize in 2013, discusses the importance of prizes to writers with Stuart Kelly […]