The playwright Sir David Hare will be appearing at the UEA literary festival this evening, when he will be interviewed on stage by Chris Bigsby about his career and his recent memoir The Blue Touch Paper. Sir David was born in Sussex in 1947, and is the author of twenty-nine plays for the stage, seventeen of which have been seen at the National Theatre. These plays include Plenty, The Secret Rapture, Amy’s View, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, Gethsemane, The Power of Yes, Racing Demon, The Absence of War and South Downs. His many screenplays for cinema and television include Licking Hitler, Damage, The Hours and The Reader. He recently wrote and directed a trilogy of films for the BBC: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos and Salting the Battlefield. He has received two Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe Award nominations, three Tony Award nominations and has won a BAFTA Award and two Laurence Olivier Awards. He was knighted in 1998.