Charleston Festival

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Start the Week is at the Charleston literary Festival with the novelists Tim Winton, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Nicola Barker and the poet and publisher Michael Schmidt. The death of the novel has been predicted since the early twentieth century but in a special programme recorded in front of an audience Tom Sutcliffe talks to three leading novelists from around the world about their latest works. They discuss their influences and their divergent styles, from Knausgaard's minute examination of his life to Tim Winton's tale of disillusionment and redemption, and Nicola Barker's humorous eccentrics. Michael Schmidt has written a biography of the novel, charting its ups and downs, its personalities and relationships and argues the form is in rude health.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Mon 26 May 2014 21:30

Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is Professor of Poetry at the University of Glasgow and Writer in Residence at St John’s College, Cambridge.  He is the founder and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press.


The Novel: A Biography is published by The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.


Michael Schmidt

Tim Winton

Tim Winton is a novelist.


Eyrie is published by Picador.


Tim Winton

Karl Ove Knausgaard

Karl Ove Knausgaard is a novelist.


Boyhood Island (My Struggle: 3) is published by Harvill Secker.


Karl Ove Knausgaard

Nicola Barker

Nicola Barker is a novelist.


In The Approaches is published by Fourth Estate.


Nicola Barker


Role Contributor
PresenterTom Sutcliffe
Interviewed GuestTim Winton
Interviewed GuestKarl Ove Knausgaard
Interviewed GuestNicola Barker
Interviewed GuestMichael Schmidt
ProducerKaty Hickman