Alan Hollinghurst in Conversation with Nick Shepley

In this final talk for 2022 from the Primrose Hill Lecture Series, Booker-prize winning author Alan Hollinghurst will offer a rare glimpse into the writer’s process as he discusses how his fiction offers a way ‘to write, obliquely and in part, about myself’.

This raises the question of whether fiction is really so different from memoir? Where exactly does a novelist find inspiration? Are stories ever truly fictional? And are memoirs ever really factual? 

Alan Hollinghurst is one of the UK’s most acclaimed novelists, author of the 2004 Booker Prize winning novel, The Line of Beauty which features local landmarks, including the men’s bathing pond on Hampstead Heath. Alan will read from his work and talk about the nature of fiction & autobiography with author, UCL Honorary Lecturer and writer of private memoirs and life stories, Nick Shepley.

Wednesday 12 October 7pm at St Mary’s Church.

After the talk there will be a live Q&A. Approximate finish time is 8:30pm.

Proceeds are in aid of St Mary’s church – a vital base for outreach services to vulnerable local people, including the elderly, the homeless and young people at risk.


Children under 16: free (a donation is encouraged)
Single lecture: £12/£10 concessions (OAPs, unemployed, students)

Online Live-Streaming ticket: £10 (You will be emailed a link ahead of the event, to watch the talk live-streamed via YouTube)

Tickets and books also available at Primrose Hill Books

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