Listen to Will talking to Mariella Frostrup about the work of JG Ballard in her Open Book programme on Radio 4 at 4pm on Thursday January 31 (repeated from Sunday).
On Thursday, January 17 at 7pm, Will is going to be at Waterstone’s Gower Street branch in central London (82 Gower St, WC1E 6EQ, www.waterstones.com) in conversation with the psychologist Oliver James, whose new book, The Selfish Capitalist, looks further into the origins of what he terms Affluenza — “an obsessive, envious, keeping-up-with-the-Joneses, that makes us twice as prone to depression, anxiety and addictions than people in other developed nations”. The paperback of Affluenza is also published. James will be giving a seminar first, “Making the rich richer and the rest of us mentally ill — the legacy of modern governments”. Tickets are available instore for £5 or you can call 020-7636 1577.
Will has written of Affluenza that “Oliver James is our foremost chronicler of what ails us. This book elegantly, authoritatively and devastatingly delivers his diagnosis, and heroically resists the kind of glib ‘cures’ offered by so many psycho-babblers. Affluenza should be mandatory reading for everyone, but especially those in politics, business and the media who are intent on upping our society’s dosage of toxic affluence.”
This Saturday’s Guardian newspaper family section (July 14) will have a piece written by Will and his son Lex where they exchange passions: Will takes Lex walking on the Isle of Jura, while Lex takes Will along to the West Indies v England Twenty20 cricket at the Oval.
Will is due to discuss The Book of Dave with John Mullan, professor of English at University College London, on June 14 at the Guardian Newsroom, 60 Farringdon Road, London EC1. Doors open at 6.30pm and entry costs £8. To book a ticket call 020 7886 9281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Will is due to attend the Flip literary festival in Brazil in July and will also be at the Edinburgh Festival, which runs from August 10 to September 2.
Will is going to be talking to Philip Hensher on Tuesday February 27 at the Parker Moot Room, Amory Building, University of Exeter from 7pm to 8.30pm, £8/£4 concessions, 01392 667080.
There will be a reading tour and other events to coincide with the publication of the paperback edition of The Book of Dave, published March 1 2007. These are the confirmed dates so far:
Wednesday March 14
Will reads from The Book of Dave at Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick at 8pm
Tuesday March 20
Reading, Oxford Literary Festival at the Marquee, Christ Church, Oxford University
Saturday March 24
An Audience with Will Self, Queens Hall Arts, Hexham, 01434 652477
Thursday April 5
National Media Museum, Bradford (formerly the National Museum of Film and Photography). Contact Paula Truman, Bradford Libraries, 01274 433915, for more information
Thursday April 26
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 8pm, or call 01970 623232
Thursday March 22 2007, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Tickets £3, available from the branch
Waterstone’s Glasgow Sauchieha
Monday March 26 2007, 6:00PM – 7:30PM
Tickets £3, available from the branch
Waterstone’s Bristol Galleries
Thursday March 29 2007, 7:30PM – 9:00PM
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