On March 11 at 7pm, Will Self will be on a panel at Brunel University as part of its public lecture series discussing the motion “Triviality is more oppressive than tyranny”. For more details, go here. The event is free and requires no booking.
Will is going to be on the Question Time panel in Bristol this Thursday on BBC1 at 10.35pm with Justine Greening MP, secretary of state for international development, Stella Creasy MP, shadow home office minister, Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer; and Peter Hitchens.
Concluding its series on modernism, the Southbank Centre in London is holding an event on Monday 3 December discussing modernist writing and thinking in modern culture. Will Self will chair a panel of writers and critics including Owen Hatherley, the author of Militant Modernism and A New Kind of Bleak. For further details and to book tickets, go here.
You can read Will’s reviews of Militant Modernism and A New Kind of Bleak at the LRB here.
Following on from Will Self’s recent “digital essay” on Kafka, he’s going to be talking about “Kafka and Dissonant Bohemia” as part of the Kings Place Notes & Letters festival in London on Sunday October 7 at 2pm. To buy tickets (£9.50) and for more details, go here.
You can read a version of Will’s talk here at the Guardian.
(Also look out for interviews with Will on the Today programme, in Time Out, the Spectator, and on the Robert Elms Show. More to follow.)
August 24: 4pm, Happy Days, Belmore Street, Enniskillen, Will Self in Conversation.
August 25: 9.30pm, Edinburgh book festival, In discussion with Stuart Kelly.
August 26: 8.30pm, Edinburgh book festival, in discussion with “deep topographer” and author of Scarp, Nick Papadimitriou.
September 6: 7pm, Will Self on the digital essay, LRB bookshop event, 14 Bury Place, London, WC1A 2JL.
September 13: South Bank, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Will Self launches his new novel, Umbrella, in the first of a series of events curated by him exploring the legacy and provocation of modernism upon writing today.
There are still some tickets left for next Wednesday’s London Film Society Live evening at the Museum of London, Weston Theatre, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN with Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Julien Temple, discussing cinema and London.
The evening will be illustrated by clips from a variety of films, new and old, that show London on the big screen, from My Beautiful Laundrette and The Lavender Hill Mob to Performance and Naked. There will also be clips from two new films: Julien Temple’s London – The Modern Babylon and Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair’s Swandown.
Join Will Self, Saskia Sassen, Anna Minton and Stephen Gill at the Southbank Centre Purcell Room on Thursday 5 July at 7.45pm, to hear a discussion about Olympic regeneration and planning in east London. For details, go here.
June 15: As part of the UCL Festival of London and Literature’s One Day in the City, Will Self is going to be talking about nightwalking with William Raban, Matthew Beaumont (who co-edited the excellent Restless Cities) and Ger Duijzings from 2pm to 3pm at the Darwin lecture theatre. There will be a showing of William Raban’s short film The Houseless Shadow before the discussion. Entry is free.
June 19: Will is going to be in conversation with Mike Shamash reflecting on how writing about disability has changed and the potential for a new paradigm at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre from 2pm to 6pm. Details here.