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Upcoming events


The Booker Prizes have a number of events taking place across the country.

From literature festivals including Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham to intimate events at local bookshops.


2019 Booker Prize Shortlist event - Manchester Literature Festival

Martin Harris Centre Manchester

11 October, 19:00-20:15

Join this year’s shortlisted authors for an evening of readings and conversation around their novels. Presented in partnership with the Centre for New Writing and Creative Manchester.  Doors open 6.30pm

Tickets available here


The Cheltenham Booker: 1949 - Cheltenham Literature Festival, Town Hall, Baillie Gifford Stage

12 October, 14:15 - 15:30

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Cheltenham Literature Festival, they'll be revisiting four titles published in their very first year: 1949.

Join the all-star literary line-up of India Knight, Dorian Lynskey, Colin Asher and Sian Cain as they debate the merits of George Orwell’s 1984, Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate, Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky and Nelson Algren’s The Man With the Golden Arm and fight it out to decide which novel would have triumphed if the Booker Prize had existed 70 years ago. 

Chaired by James Walton, with an introduction by John Coldstream.

Tickets are available  here.


The 2019 Booker Prize Shortlist - Cheltenham Literature Festival

12 October, 16:30-17:30

Come and hear the 2019 shortlisted authors talk about their work and read from their lauded novels in a special panel discussion. 

The 2019 shortlist features some powerful literary fiction and this event will bring you up close to the authors just days before the winner is announced on the evening of 14 October. 

The event will be chaired by Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize.

Tickets available here


The 2019 Booker Prize readings at the Southbank Centre

13 October, 19:30-21:00

Join the 2019 Booker Prize shortlist in an evening of readings and conversation.

On the eve of the announcement of the 2019 winner, the Southbank Centre will host this year’s shortlisted authors for an evening of readings and conversation around their novels.

Tickets available here.


The Booker Prize Gala Night in aid of the National Literacy Trust, Mayfair, London

16 October, 18:30-20:30

Hear from a panel of Booker Prize authors and judges, chaired by Gaby Wood, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation.

All proceeds donated to the National Literacy Trust - an independent charity working with schools and communities to give disadvantaged children the literacy skills to succeed in life.

Tickets available here


The Booker Prize 2019 Winner in conversation at Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London

17 October, 19:00-20:00

Join the Booker Prize 2019 winner three days after the announcement, as they read from their acclaimed novel and open up on the experience of winning the prize.

Following the event, there will be a Q&A with the audience, and a book signing.

The event will take place at Foyles flagship store on Charing Cross Road in London, and is presented in partnership with New Statesman, chaired by Deputy Editor Tom Gatti.

Tickets available here.