The World is Waiting, brought to you by Marquee TV
Even with world travel restricted, the programme won’t lose its international flavour, with a dedicated series of exclusive interviews with leading writers filmed at home entitled The World is Waiting. Providing an insight into writers’ lives in lockdown and a glimpse into the literary culture of Japan, Australia, Zimbabwe, the US and more, audiences can hear intimate conversations with writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Sayaka Murata, Tayari Jones, Tsitsi
The World is Waiting series.
Tsitsi Dangarembga is a renowned Zimbabwean author, filmmaker and playwright. Her Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning debut Nervous Conditions was the first to be written in English by a black woman from Zimbabwe and was named by the BBC as one of the top 100 books that have shaped the world. Thirty years on, at a time of political unrest in her country, her follow up, This Mournable Body has been shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.
Michael Crummey is a celebrated Canadian author whose writing often draws on the history and landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador. He’s the author of four critically acclaimed and bestselling novels and five poetry collections and returns with The Innocents, a spellbinding portrait of a brother and sister’s complex journey to adulthood after being orphaned in a remote Newfoundland cove.
Presented in partnership with Toronto International Festival of Authors.
Tayari Jones is the internationally bestselling Atlanta author of four novels, most recently Silver Sparrow and An American Marriage which won the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2019 and was handpicked by both Oprah and Barack Obama as a recommended read. She is an Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University.
Sayaka Murata is one of the most celebrated of the new generation of Japanese writers. She has won the prestigious Akutagawa Prize, the Gunzo, Noma, and Mishima Yukio Prizes, been named a Freeman’s ‘Future of New Writing’ author and a Vogue Japan Woman of the Year. Her novel Convenience Store Woman (trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori) became a global sensation and she returns this October with Earthlings (trans. Takemori).
Marilynne Robinson is one of the greatest living American writers. She is the author of Housekeeping, Gilead, Home
Colm Tóibín is the acclaimed Irish author of eight novels including Blackwater Lightship, The Master and The Testament of Mary, all three of which were nominated for the Booker Prize, with The Master also winning the IMPAC Award, and Brooklyn, which won the Costa Novel Award. He has also published two collections of stories and many works of non-fiction. His most recent novel is Nora Webster.
Bryan Washington is a writer from Houston. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and The Believer. He’s a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 winner, a New York Public Library Young Lions Award recipient and the winner of the 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize. His short story collection Lot was a New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019 choice and his novel Memorial will appear in the UK in early 2021.
Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised on the Hamakua coast of the Big Island of Hawai‘i. His work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Electric Literature and The Best American Nonrequired Reading, among others. He has received scholarships from the Tin House and Bread Loaf writer’s workshops and has worked in software and as a climate policy advocate. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and daughters. Sharks in the Time of Saviours is his first novel.
C Pam Zhang Born in Beijing but mostly an artifact of the United States, C Pam Zhang has lived in thirteen cities and is currently based in San Francisco. She’s been awarded fellowships and scholarships from organisations including Bread Loaf, Tin House and Aspen Words. Her work appears in Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s Quarterly, Tin House and elsewhere. Her debut novel How Much of These Hills is Gold was longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.
Presented in partnership with Litquake San Francisco.
Tara June Winch is a Wiradjuri writer based in France. She is a former recipient of the international Rolex Art’s Initiative, which saw her mentored by Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, and the author of Swallow the Air, After the Carnage and The Yield. Her most recent novel explores Indigenous language and colonialism, and won the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize. Her writing has appeared in VOGUE, The Guardian Australia and internationally.
Presented in partnership with Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish journalist and writer based in New Zealand. He is associate professor at UNSW and researcher in Ngi Thu centre in Canterbury University of New Zealand. Behrouz is known mostly for exposing the Australian detention industry and as the author of No Friend but the Mountains and the film Chauka Please Tell Us the Time. His journalism has been published in The Guardian Australia, The Saturday Paper and internationally.