The Spring semester programme of UEA’s rolling international literary festival begins on 5th February with Alastair Campbell in conversation with novelist and UEA senior lecturer Henry Sutton. Campbell (pictured) is the author of three novels, and will be discussing his latest, ‘My Name Is . . .’, the story of a teenage girl’s descent into alcoholism, which is published by Hutchinson. A former journalist, Campbell became Tony Blair’s spokesman and then director of communications and strategy between 1994 and 2003. He returned to frontline politics for the 2005 election. The five volumes of his diaries, the bestselling ‘The Blair Years’, cover this time. He is also a leading ambassador for the mental health campaign, Time to Change. The UEA literary festival continues with appearances by James Lasdun, Margaret Atwood, Susan Hill, Joanna Trollope, Benjamin Black (a pseudonym of Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville), Emma Donnoghue, and this year’s Man Booker Prize-winner, Eleanor Catton. Booking information can be found here.