Hay Festival: Ali Smith - The Beginning of the And...

A meditation on continuance, by Ali Smith, filmwork by Sarah Wood


Monday 25th May, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

  • Performance/Theatre


About the Event

A meditation on continuance, by Ali Smith, filmwork by Sarah Wood.

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public library and other stories, How to be both, Shire, Artful, There but for the, The first person and other stories, Girl Meets Boy, The Accidental, The whole story and other stories, Hotel World, Other stories and other stories, Like and Free Love. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey's Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018.

Sarah Wood works with the found object, particularly the still and moving image, as an act of reclamation and re-interrogation. She works mainly with the documentary image to interrogate the relationship between the narrating of history and individual memory. Recently she's been focussing on the meaning of the archive, in particular the politics of memory, asking not only why some objects are preserved while others are ignored but also why preservation is made at certain historical moments. Wood also works with artists’ film as a curator. With Selina Robertson she co-founded Club des Femmes, a positive female space for the re-examination of ideas through art....

About the Book


Ali Smith

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:28 Mar 2019


3.84 out of 5
12 reviews
"Smith’s seasonal quartet of novels is a bold and brilliant experiment"
The Independent
"an energetic, tricksy novel – for better and worse"
The Daily Telegraph
"Ali Smith is, I think, a life-enhancer"
The Scotsman
"A touching love story is not enough to redeem a novel that strains too hard to reflect the times"
The Guardian
"Smith’s novel explores the haunting possibility of hope and renewal in dark times"
Daily Mail
"The third book in Ali Smith’s seasonal quartet is her best yet, a dazzling hymn to hope"
The Guardian
"She tells stories in a voice you can’t help but listen to."
The Times
"It’s still scattergun, but events are coming into focus at last"
The Sunday Times
"Smith is proving to be a woman for all seasons"
Evening Standard
"the novel is like a Modernist prose poem of the now"
Financial Times