Smith to give H G Wells lecture

Smith to give H G Wells lecture

New Baileys Women's Prize winner Ali Smith will deliver the second annual PEN HG Wells lecture, which will this year take place at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Smith, who won the award last week for her novel How to be Both (Hamish Hamilton), follows in the footsteps of Audrey Niffenegger, who was chosen to give the inaugural lecture at last year’s World Science Fiction Convention in London.

The PEN HG Wells lecture showcases visionary writing and new thinking that embodies Wells’ interests.

Smith said: “In the spirit of HG Wells, I'll be writing this lecture in the future.”

Jo Glanville, Director of English PEN, said: “As well as being an original and outstanding writer, Ali Smith is a great supporter of English PEN, and we’re very much looking forward to holding the event at Edinburgh International Book Festival for the first time.”

Nick Barley, director of Edinburgh International Book Festival, said: “Ali Smith is a natural choice for the PEN HG Wells lecture – her playfulness, and her novel way of looking at novels means I am sure she will deliver an extraordinarily stimulating event.”

The PEN HG Wells lecture will take place on Saturday 15th August.