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 and Derek Johns. Stuart was a judge of the prize in 2013, and Derek is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Booker Foundation.


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