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2016 PEN Ackerley Prize with AA Gill, Alice Jolly and Adam Mars-Jones

12 July 2016, 7:00 pm8:00 pm

£5 – £8

Come and hear AA Gill, Alice Jolly and Adam Mars-Jones, this year’s shortlisted authors, read from and discuss their work with chair of judges Peter Parker before the winner of the 2016 prize is announced.

The PEN Ackerley Prize is awarded to a literary autobiography of excellence, written by a British author and published during the preceding year. It is the only UK prize dedicated solely to memoir and life writing. Previous winners include Henry Marsh, Sonali Deraniyagala, Richard Holloway, Alan Bennett and Jenny Diski.

Ticket price includes a glass of wine following the event.

PEN Members are eligible for a discount on tickets for this event. If you would like to know more, please email sam@englishpen.org.

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Alice Jolly is a novelist, playwright and teacher of creative writing. Her two novels (What The Eye Doesn’t See and If Only You Knew) are both published by Simon and Schuster. She is completing a third novel. Her articles have been published in the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the Independent and she has broadcast on Radio 4. Four of her plays have been professionally produced by The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham. Her monologues have been performed in London and regional theatres and she has recently been commissioned by Paines Plough. She teaches for The Arvon Foundation and on the Oxford University Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.

A.A. Gill was born in Edinburgh. He is the author of A.A. Gill is Away, The Angry Island, Previous Convictions, Table Talk, Paper View, A.A. Gill is Further Away and The Golden Door, as well as two novels. He is the TV and restaurant critic and regular features writer for the Sunday Times, columnist for Esquire, and contributor to Australian Gourmet Traveller. He lives in London and spends much of his year travelling. He has been nominated for more awards than he has won.

Adam Mars-Jones is the author of three novels, The Waters of Thirst, Pilcrow and Cedilla, and two collections of short stories, Lantern Lecture and Monopolies of Loss. He is also the author of Blind Bitter Happiness, a book of essays, and Noriko Smiling, a book about Ozu’s film Late Spring.

Peter Parker is the author of The Last Veteran, The Old Lie: The Great War and the Public-School Ethos, biographies of J. R. Ackerley and Christopher Isherwood and a forthcoming book on A E Housman’s A Shropshire Lad.  He was an associate editor of The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and writes about books and gardening for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines.

Joe Randolph Ackerley (1896-1967) was an author and long-time literary editor of The Listener magazine. The J. R. Ackerley prize was endowed by his sister Nancy in his memory.



12 July 2016
7:00 pm—8:00 pm
£5 – £8
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Hannah Trevarthen
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