Afghan Connection Literary Events

 Two excellent awareness and fundraising events for Afghan Connection. To book or donate see below.

Afghan Connection Literary Events at Bradfield College, Berks, RG7 6AU

(Just off exit 12 M4)

Literary Evening June 18th 2014:

Sarah Montague interviews William Boyd CBE

7.00pm drinks, canapes, stalls

8.00pm interview

£35 per ticket

Literary Lunch June 19th 2014:

Bryan Appleyard interviews Celia Imrie

11.30am music and stalls,12.00pm sandwich lunch

1.15pm interview

£35 per ticket

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William Boyd CBE

Boyd was born in Accra, Ghana, in 1952, and grew up there and in Nigeria. He was educated at Gordonstoun School and attended the universities of Nice (Diploma of French Studies), Glasgow (M.A. Hons in English and Philosophy) and Jesus College, Oxford, where he studied for a D. Phil in English Literature. He was a lecturer in English Literature at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, from 1980-83. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He has been presented with honorary Doctorates in Literature from the universities of St. Andrews, Stirling, Glasgow and Dundee. In 2005 he was awarded the CBE. He is married and

divides his time between London and South West France.

Novels include: A Good Man in Africa (1981, winner of the Whitbread Award and the Somerset Maugham Prize); An Ice Cream War (1982, shortlisted for the 1982 Booker Prize and winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize); Stars and Bars (1984); The New Confessions (1987); Brazzaville Beach (1990, winner of the McVitie Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize); The Blue Afternoon (1993, winner of the 1993 Sunday Express Book of the Year Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Fiction, 1995); Armadillo (1998) and Any Human Heart (2002, winner of the Prix Jean Monnet).

His novels and stories have been published around the world and have been translated into over thirty languages. He is also the author of a collection of screenplays and a memoir of his schooldays, School Ties (1985) and three collections of short stories: On the Yankee Station (1981), The Destiny of Nathalie ‘X’ (1995) and Fascination (2004). A collection of his non-fiction writings, entitled Bamboo, was published in October 2005. His ninth novel, Restless, was published in September 2006 (Costa Book Award, Novel of the Year 2006). Ordinary Thunderstorms followed in 2009 and Waiting For Sunrise in February 2011. In April 2012 it was announced that Boyd would write the next James Bond novel Solo, which was published in September 2013.

Celia Imrie

‘I’ve always been wilful… I’ve always been stubborn and always determined’

One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen, adored for her roles in Acorn Antiques and dinnerladies, as well as films including Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee.

Imrie has been described as “one of the most successful British actresses of recent decades”. In her hugely entertaining autobiography, The Happy Hoofer, she recounts a life hurtling into adventures both on stage and off. Acting, she admits, is a mad, chaotic profession and it is her refreshing honesty, sense of mischief, fun and almost unruffled determination in the face of it all, that makes her autobiography a never-ending delight.

Film credits include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (the sequel of which she is currently recording); Hilary and Jackie (playing Iris du Pré); The Borrowers; Bridget Jones’s Diary; Highlander and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Imrie played Doctor Imogen Reed in the schoolgirl thriller, Out of Bounds and appeared in St Trinian’s in 2007 as the Matron, alongside Stephen Fry, Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.

Television series to feature Imrie include: The Nightmare Man; Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit; Absolutely Fabulous; TheDarlingBudsofMay;Upstairs,Downstairs;AfterYou’veGoneandKingdom. In2013shegueststarredinDoctor Who where she played the villainous Miss Kizlet in the series opener The Bells of Saint John.

Her stage debut in 2005 in Unsuspecting Susan, received very positive reviews. She has since appeared in Plague Over England; Sheridan’s The Rivals and in the world premiere of Robin Soans’ Mixed Up North, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Imrie has a son, Angus, by the actor Benjamin Whitrow. Angus appears as her on-screen son in Kingdom. She lives in London and in Cowes, Isle of Wight. Update[1]