Booker-shortlisted novelist Ali Smith began her association with the UEA Creative Writing programme in 1999, when she was appointed as a Writing Fellow. In 2013 she returned as a UNESCO City of Literature Visiting Professor, and in 2015 she spoke at UEA’s Spring Literary Festival, discussing her novel How To Be Both, which was shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and the Folio Prize and won the Costa Novel Award, the Goldsmith’s Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction. She was awarded a CBE in the 2015 New Year Honours List for services to literature. This summer she received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from UEA. This is a recording of her acceptance speech.