To watch the recent BBC documentary Shooting Stars: The Inside Story, in which you can see Will talking about, among other things, the Carry on Camping skit, his relationship with Johnny Vegas and how being on the show allowed him to some extent free himself from his writerly persona, go here.
You can now watch, as well as listen to, Will giving his Radio 3 lecture, here.
Will is going to be a panellist on Question Time next week, December 11. The panel will also include Schools Minister Jim Knight, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, and Esther Rantzen.
To watch Will on Newsnight Review, broadcast last night, you can watch again here.
Fascinating reading and lecture from Will at the Google HQ in California. Will talks about psychogeography, Debords’s The Society of the Spectacle, the Romantics’ framing of beauty and how we can break out of mediated forms of experience, that takes in Laurence Stern, micro-worlds and the development of boulevards. The reading is from his latest book, Psychogeography, and is about his experience at US Customs.
Will is going to appear on Comey Lab: Karl Pilkington — Satisfied Fool on Channel 4 on October 22, 11.05pm. “After disappointing exam results nineteen years ago, Karl Pilkington looks to find out if more intelligence and knowledge will make him happy by meeting some well-known intellectuals.”
Watch it here on YouTube.
Will has recorded an interview for Newsnight, which is scheduled to be aired on BBC2 Thursday June 1. You can still watch it here.
There’s an interview with Will in the May edition of Esquire (who describe The Book of Dave as ‘his most imaginative, most dazzling and most moving book yet’). There will also be a piece by Will in the July issue of GQ, and a short story of Will’s is going to run in the July edition of Harpers Bazaar.
Will’s piece about London cabbies appeared in the Independent on May 18 along with an extract from the novel in the Independent on Sunday that week. There was also an interview with the man himself in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday.
Will has already done a preview reading from The Book of Dave on Radio 3’s The Verb, and talked about the book on Radio 4’s Start the Week, and he’ll be interviewed on all major national radio stations around publication:
Radio 4 Front Row (7.15pm, Tuesday May 23)
Radio 3 Night Waves (9.30pm, Thursday May 25)
The book will be reviewed on Radio 4 Saturday Review (7.15pm, Saturday May 27)
World Service The Word (Monday June 5)
Radio 2 Steve Wright (2pm, Monday June 5)
Radio 5 Live Simon Mayo (1pm, June 8, Thursday)
Festivals and readings
Will will be charming the crowds at all the major festivals this year – he had a standing-room-only audience transfixed at the Swindon festival last week, and upcoming dates include
the Guardian Hay Festival (11.30am, Sunday May 28) www.hayfestival.com
The Bloomsbury Theatre, in conjunction with Blackwells (June 8 Thursday) www.thebloomsbury.com
Waterstones, Birmingham (Monday June 5) Call 0121 631 4333 for tickets
The Broadway Theatre, Nottingham (6pm, Tuesday June 6), Broadway box office 0115 9526611
Waterstones, Leeds (7pm, Tuesday June 13) Call 0113 2444588 for tickets
Borders, Oxford (Monday June 19) Call 01865 203901 for tickets
The Phoenix Theatre, Leicester (7.30pm, Tuesday June 27) Call the box office for tickets on 0116 255 4854
City Books, Brighton (Wednesday June 28) Call 01273 725306 for tickets
Edinburgh International Book Festival (August 12, 12pm with Rick Moody and August 13, 3pm with Edward St Aubyn) www.edbookfest.co.uk
Cheltenham Festival of Literature October 14th 2006, times tbc) www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/whats_on/literature_festival.html
The official BBC homepage for the television series Grumpy Old Men, on which WS occasionally appears.