Will is going to be talking to Dr Guy Mankowski about his latest book, Will, and ‘whether it captures the diversity of his life or, as suggested in the Daily Telegraph, is “Just another Selfian character, subject to absolute authorial control, the fragmented derangement of his youth woven into an intricate and coherent whole by the mature author”‘ at the Lincoln Book Festival on 14 October at 6.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought here.
Tickets are available for Will’s talk and Q&A this Saturday online at 2-3.30pm at Ports Fest. The talk “will explore ways in which we remember the fiction we read during childhood and youth, the role of memory, and our views of facticity” and Will will also read from his latest book, Will: A Memoir.
From an online talk for the How to Academy.
Another online How to Academy event with Will, this time on the films of Andrei Tarkovsky on 11 March at 6.30pm GMT. For more info and tickets, go here.
Will is going to be in conversation with Professor David Nutt to talk about drugs and addiction on 25 February at 6.30pm GMT for the How to Academy. For tickets and more information go here.
Will Self will be giving an hour-long talk for the How To Academy in a livestream at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 29 on the subject of creativity. For tickets and further details, visit the How To Academy website here.
Will is going to be appearing in a debate, The End of the Whitewash, with Adjoa Andoh, Kehinde Andrews and Joanna Kavenna on Saturday May 23 at 7.45pm at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival. Visit here for details and tickets.
“We celebrate diversity, and in the arts many support colour blind casting. From the film The Personal History of David Copperfield to the musical Hamilton, stories are cast to reflect the racial diversity of our culture. But critics argue that, far from being progressive, such practices in fact paper over the racist Victorian society of Dickens’s novels and the white colonial history of America. Should we applaud the overcoming of historical accuracy in favour of racially blind representation, and ignore race as a relevant characteristic in all circumstances? Or is colour blindness a liberal mistake – a dangerous denial of racial realities, and of the long history of white supremacy?”
Will presents a guide to the work and thought of Kafka for the How to Academy online tomorrow night at 6.30pm BST. Tickets are free but you can make a donation. This is now available to watch on the How to Academy’s YouTube channel: