An evening with… Will Self
Britain’s leading satirical writer comes to Gloucester Guildhall to talk about his life as a journalist, a novelist and a grumpy old man.
He has been known to describe himself as a “modern flâneur” (defined by Charles Baudelaire as ‘a person who walks the city in order to experience it’) and from his beginnings as an emotionally confused and self-destructive child Will Self has certainly come a long way. Starting his career as a newspaper cartoonist and stand-up comedian, Self wrote his debut short story collection, The Quantity Theory of Insanity, in 1987 aged 26, and has since racked up an impressive eight novels, six short story collections, six non-fiction books and one illustrated novella. In 1993 he was named as one of Granta magazine’s 20 Best of Young British Novelists and he has also been shortlisted three times for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award (given to the author who produces the worst description of a sex scene in a novel), although perhaps that is less of a compliment.
Since 2009 he has written two alternating columns for the New Statesman and he is also a regular guest on popular TV shows such as Have I Got News For You and Grumpy Old Men, as well as making one-off appearances on everything from Room 101 to Question Time to deliver those forcefully-expressed opinions on current political and social matters he has become notorious for.
In his latest book, Walking To Hollywood, published in September this year, Self pushes memoir to the limits of invention with a dazzling yet elegiac triptych in which he explores some of our deepest fears and anxieties with his characteristic fearlessness and jagged humour. An extreme satire on celebrity in which the narrator believes that everyone he meets is played by a famous actor and that only he can solve the mystery of who murdered the movies, it has been hailed as the “most successful book he has written” and his “most interesting book in years”, with critics likening Self to a kind of modern day Jonathon Swift. He will be signing copies of the book after the show.
Thursday 4th November // Tickets £15 // Doors 7.30pm // Over 14’s unless accompanied by an adult
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