Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro join Southbank Centre's Inside Out season

Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro join Southbank Centre's Inside Out season

Father and daughter Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro will come together at an event for the first time in the Southbank Centre's Inside Out season, organisers have announced.

Olivia Laing and Pulizer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri have also been added to the bill of events which be streamed live, broadcasting literature, music and comedy. Th programme already features authors including Raven Leilani and Skunk Anansie singer Skin.

On 5th April Kazuo and Naomi Ishiguro will discuss their respective new novels, Klara and the Sun (Faber) and Common Ground (Tinder Press), in conversation with broadcaster Razia Iqbal. The pair will reflect on the universal questions their novels explore, from what it means to love, to what we owe each other in friendship and loyalty.

Kazuo Ishiguro's new book, which is out on 2nd March, tells the story of an "Artificial Friend" of exceptional observational abilities, who awaits selection by a human companion. 

Naomi Ishiguro's Common Ground, which is published on 25th March, is her debut novel and sees the former bookseller tell a coming-of-age story about Stan and Charlie, two teenagers who inhabit very different worlds yet form a friendship over afternoons spent on the local common.

They will be followed on 30th April by Laing, whose new non-fiction book Everybody (Picador) uses the life of the renegade psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich to chart the long struggle for bodily freedom, and grapples with the legacy of some of the most compelling figures of the past century, including Nina Simone, Susan Sontag and Malcolm X.

On 6th May, Lahiri will be in conversation about her latest novel, Whereabouts (Bloomsbury), a haunting portrait of a woman on the cusp of change written in Italian and then translated by the author herself. Lahiri will read from and reflects on he book, taking the audience through the journey of translating it.

Ted Hodgkinson, head of literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre, said: "It's a joy to be announcing a trio of terrific talks to our Inside Out line up, featuring authors of international renown reflecting on timeless questions, from what it means to love to the pleasures and precarities of inhabiting a human body.

“We welcome back Kazuo Ishiguro as he publishes his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, one of his most masterful and moving to date, for a rare public appearance with rising star Naomi Ishiguro, his daughter, as she publishes her debut novel, for what promises to be an intimate conversation about writing across the generations.

“We also present two exclusive appearances: Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri returns with a dazzling new novel, written first in Italian and then in a remarkable feat, translated by the author herself, and Olivia Laing discusses her artful and illuminating investigation into the human body, drawing on an array of artists and thinkers from Nina Simone to Susan Sontag. These exceptional authors join a line up already brimming with talent — including Raven Leilani, Skunk Anansie's Skin, Hanif Abdurraquib and Out-Spoken — in a series packed with insights into what makes us tick as humans."

Tickets for the newly announced events will go on sale to members on Tuesday 16th February and the general public on Wednesday 17th February. All literature events are available on demand for seven days after first broadcast.