Saturday 10 November
2pm A reading by Alan Bennett
We are delighted to welcome Alan Bennett to read and answer questions about his work.
Few authors achieve such critical acclaim whilst also establishing
themselves as truly popular figures in the national consciousness. Alan
Bennett occupies this special place, and has supported NAWE?from its
Born in Leeds, Alan Bennett attended Oxford University where he studied
History and performed with The Oxford Revue. His collaboration as writer
and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the
satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought
him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full time.
His first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968 (and revived
in York last year). Many television, stage and radio plays followed,
together with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of
non-fictional prose and many appearances as an actor.
His series of monologues, Talking Heads, was a major triumph on the BBC
in 1988, with a further series following a decade later. Other popular
successes include The Madness of George III and its film incarnation The
Madness of King George, which received four Academy Award nominations.
The History Boys won three Laurence Olivier Awards in 2005, with the
author receiving the award for Outstanding Contribution to British
Theatre.The History Boys won six Tony Awards on Broadway, and a film
version was released in 2006.
In 2008, Alan Bennett donated his entire archive of working papers,
unpublished manuscripts, diaries and books to the Bodleian Library,
stating that it was a gesture of thanks repaying a debt he felt he owed
to the British welfare state that had given him educational
opportunities which his humble family background would otherwise never