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27 February 2014 | Books & Poetry, Festivals | By: Rachel Holdsworth

Fiction Festival At The British Library

Fiction Festival At The British Library

Rachel Kushner, photo by Lucy Raven

Celebrate some of the English language's best fiction at the British Library in March.

The Folio Prize embraces fiction from all over the world and, ahead of the winner being announced on 10 March, there's a two-day festival with shortlisted authors sitting alongside some huge writing names. Topics under discussion include voice, place, structure and genre, with guests Ali Smith, Sebastian Faulks, Mark Haddon, AS Byatt, Pankaj Mishra, Andrew O'Hagan and more.

The eight shortlisted writers – Anne Carson, Amity Gaige, Jane Gardam, Kent Haruf, Rachel Kushner, Eimear McBride, Sergio De La Pava and George Saunders – are also reading from their work and answering questions throughout Sunday 9 March in a series of free events. The readings will take place in the Manuscripts Reading Room, one of the Library's more tranquil spots.

The Folio Prize Fiction Festival runs 8-9 March at the British Library, Euston Road. Tickets cost £25-£40 weekend passes or £5-£8 for individual events.

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