23 - 25 October 2020


Kazuo Ishiguro & Jackie Kay in Conversation

  • 19
  • Apr




until 8.45pm

Headshot of author Kazuo Ishiguro© Howard Sooley

  • Headshot of author Kazuo Ishiguro

First broadcast at 7.30pm on Monday 19 April 2021 and available to watch until 17 May 2021. The event will be pre-recorded and captioned.

‘Do you believe in the human heart?’ In his magnificent new novel Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro asks whether humans are unique and, if we are, what makes us so? A story of connection, understanding and hope, seen through the eyes of an Artificial Friend, it is Kazuo Ishiguro at his finest. We’re thrilled to welcome Kazuo to Manchester Literature Festival to discuss his work, his characters, and his love of music with poet and MLF Patron Jackie Kay. Kazuo is the author of eight previous books including The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both of which have sold over a million copies and were made into acclaimed films. His work has been translated into over fifty foreign languages and he has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize four times, winning in 1989. In 2017, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for novels which ‘uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world’.

Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.

Tickets are Pay What You Can £6 / £12 / £20.

Please pay £6 (low income / concession), £12 (standard ticket) or £20 (per household). Any ticket revenue we receive will help Manchester Literature Festival survive this challenging time and deliver our annual Festival in October 2021.

You can buy Klara and The Sun and other #MLF21 Spring titles directly from our bookshop partner Waterstones HERE.

The Festival will receive a commission on every book sold to help support future programming.