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Virtual event

Hanif Kureishi in conversation with Steven Gale

Join Hanif Kureishi as he talks about his extraordinary writing career, while looking ahead to the work yet to come. This is a free 60 minute online event.

Date and time 25 Jan 2022 2pm - 3pm
Location Online
Status On sale

Hanif Kureishi discusses his writing life – past, present and future – in this special Saga event with Steven Gale.

During the event there will be an opportunity to ask questions. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text, so your camera and microphone don’t need to be on.

Early booking is recommended. Saga customers must book their place by 9am on Monday 24 January.

Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi is a novelist, screenwriter and film director. He is the author of eight novels, three collections of short stories and over a dozen film and theatre scripts, as well as numerous essays. In 1986 he was nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay of My Beautiful Laundrette. He also won the Whitbread Award for his first novel, The Buddha of Suburbia, and the PEN/Pinter Prize in 2010. He was awarded the C.B.E. for his services to literature, and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts des Lettres in France.

‘No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life.’
William Boyd on Hanif Kureishi

His most recent book, What Happened?, is a collection of essays and fiction. Comic, dark and insightful, no topic is too fringe or too mainstream: from social media to the ancient classics, from appraisals of David Bowie to Georges Simenon, to Keith Jarrett.

‘Kureishi's essays are among his best work. He writes with a clarity and depth that are the mark of a great storyteller.’
The Observer

What Happened? is as much about the very fact of Kureishi’s catholic appetite for culture as his observations and insights themselves, and any new book in his oeuvre is a justification for celebration. In a wide-ranging conversation he looks back at an extraordinary writing career and forward to the work yet to come.

Steven Gale

Steven Gale has moderated events at literature festivals worldwide, including at Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Bath, Adelaide, Sydney, Byron Bay, Wellington, Dubai and Paris. Steven was assistant artistic director at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. He was assistant director to the renowned Catalan director Calixto Bieito on two Edinburgh International Festival theatre productions, Life is a Dream and Barbaric Comedies, which were presented in Edinburgh, Dublin, London, Barcelona and New York.

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Terms and conditions

1) The event is for Saga customers who have signed up to receive customer benefits (formerly Possibilities). You must have a MySaga account. Please visit to create an account.

2) This is an exclusive event with limited spaces available. In order to attend you must book to reserve your space. To book, click on the ‘Book Now’ button and follow the instructions.

3) Booking for this event will close 9am Monday 24 January 2022.

4) The event will last approximately 60 minutes.

5) The event will begin at 2pm (GMT) on Tuesday 25 January 2022.

6) This event will be recorded. You are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon booking and joining the event. Saga reserves the right to use the recorded content for any purpose.

7) The event will be hosted via Zoom. Zoom can be accessed via your chosen internet browser. Alternatively you can download Zoom as an App for your PC and devices by visiting

8) After you have registered to attend, link to the event will be sent to you via email approximately 24 hours prior to the event. Please double check your spam/junk mail boxes. You are not permitted to copy or distribute the Zoom link provided. The event will start promptly so we recommend you join 5 minutes before the start time.

9) When joining the event, you must please ensure to use the same email address that you use for your MySaga account.

10) Your camera and microphone will be turned off upon joining the event. The names of attendees will be displayed during the event.

11) There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the event. Please ask your questions using the Q&A feature. Questions will be submitted as text. Saga cannot guarantee that they will be answered. Saga in its sole discretion reserves the right for any reason to not answer or remove a question or content. The host may unmute you and allow video during the Q&A section of the event, but only if you are happy for them to do so.

12) All filming and photography during the event is strictly prohibited.

13) For Zoom’s T&Cs, please visit Zoom is a third-party streaming platform. Saga is not responsible for Zoom Video Communications, Inc. Saga accepts no responsibility for technical fault, technical malfunction, computer hardware or software failure, satellite, network or server failure of any kind during the event.

14) Saga reserves the right to amend or withdraw the event for any reason and without prior notice. Amendments to the event may include, but is not limited to, a change in start time or duration, event format or a change to authors or contributing artists. For some amendments we may not be able to notify you in advance of the event start however you may also be notified by email (using the details you provided when signing up to your MySaga account ).

15) Any views and opinions expressed during any events are expressly those of the individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Saga.

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