Ian McEwan at UEA
UEA's first creative writing student, Ian McEwan (pictured), will be returning to the university on 21st October as part of the Autumn 2012 International Literary Festival. The festival opens on September 26 with Sebastian Faulks, and will continue with writers as diverse as Michael Chabon, who received the Pulitzer Prize for his novel 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay', the PEN/Faulkner award-winner TC Boyle, the novelist, poet, scriptwriter and biographer Edna O’Brien, and the Booker prize-winner Pat Barker. The autumn festival was launched in 1991, when it featured American playwright Arthur Miller and the novelists Doris Lessing, Salman Rushdie, Gore Vidal, PD James, William Styron and Ruth Rendell. Since then it has welcomed numerous writers of international reputation, including Toni Morrison, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Atwood, EL Doctorow, Martin Amis, Joseph Heller, Richard Ford, Kazuo Ishiguro, Arundhati Roy, Jonathan Franzen, David Hare, and Zadie Smith.