Chiddingly Festival are delighted to hear that Ali Smith has made the Booker Shortlist for the fourth time with 'Autumn' the first in a series of four seasonal novels. Come and hear her read and answer questions about the book the Guardian described as: "a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the endless sad fragility of mortal lives"
Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962 and lives in Cambridge.
Her books have won many awards and been shortlisted for many others.. There But For The (2011), won the Hawthornden Prize, and How To Be Both (2014) the 2015 Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Of this book one critic said “Ali Smith is a one-off, one of the most exciting novelists of her generation”. Her most recent novel Autumn is the first in a four-part series with each novel named after a season. It has been referred to as the first post-Brexit novel.
Ali also writes short stories and has been described as possessing the perfect characteristics of the short story writer. These publications Artful (2012) which began life as four lectures given for the Weidenfeld Visiting Professorship in European comparative Literature.
The New York Times has described Ali as “a trickster, an etymologist, a fantasist, a pun freak, an ontologist a transgenderatrix….A wordsmith to the very smithy of her soul she is at once deeply playful and deeply serious.