Letters to Old Friends: Alexander McCall Smith, Faye Brann & Sudha Murty
Date/Time: Friday 3 February 2023 20:30-21:30
Session No: 63
Who doesn’t miss receiving a letter in the post? There are some letters that we wish we had written ourselves but never did. Come and hear masters of their craft address a writer or person in their life who they consider an ‘old friend’ and why they’ve chosen to write them a letter, followed by a wider conversation on the lost art of letter writing and the story behind their letters.
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of over 100 books on a wide array of subjects, including the award-winning The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, which has sold over 20 million copies in the English language alone. He is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie novels, and the world’s longest-running serial novel 44 Scotland Street. Most recently he published the Detective Varg series of Scandi ‘blanc’ novels set in Sweden. His books have been translated into 46 languages.
Faye Brann is a writer of stories about and for women – books you can read in bed, on a beach or on the train that will (hopefully!) make you smile, or even snort into your sandwich a little. She lived in Dubai, where she embraced her twin loves of writing and performing, gaining an MA in Writing from Falmouth University and performing and teaching comedy improvisation at the Courtyard Playhouse in Al Quoz. Returning to London with her husband and son in 2015, Faye won the 2020 Comedy Women in Print Award and her debut novel Tinker, Tailor, Schoolmum, Spy was published in 2021.
Sudha Murty is an author, engineer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. She was one of the first women engineers to start her career at TELCO (now Tata Motors). Murty has penned several bestselling books across genres—from children’s books to short stories and novels, from technical books to travelogues. Her books have been translated into all the major Indian languages and have sold over 3 million copies around the country.
This session is moderated by Fiona Lindsay
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.