UEA alumnus Kazuo Ishiguro awarded 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature

PUBLISHED: 12:33 10 October 2017

Kazuo Ishiguro will be speaking live at the UEA as part of it's Autumn Literary Festival (photo: Jeff Cottenden)

Kazuo Ishiguro will be speaking live at the UEA as part of it's Autumn Literary Festival (photo: Jeff Cottenden)

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The "Never Let Me Go" and "The Remains of the Day" writer, Kazuo Ishiguro, has been awarded the prestigious literature prize

The 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded to Japanese-born British writer Kazuo Ishiguro. The writer studied at the University of East Anglia for his Master of Arts in Creative Writing in the late 70s alongside other notable writers including the late Angela Carter and Malcolm Bradbury.

Having gained popularity through his novels that mix drama and science fiction while creating intimate characters that are at the same time relatable and completely unique, Ishiguro has gained high accolades and awards including the Man Booker Prize for his 1989 book The Remains of the Day.

Writing from the first person, Ishiguro gets into the minds of his characters that have in turn inspired film makers such as James Ivory and Mark Romanek to adapt them to the big screen. Never Let Me Go, starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligon and Andrew Garfield was met with lots of positive reviews and awards.

On receiving the award, Ishiguro said it is ‘a magnificent honour’.

Kazuo Ishiguro will speak at the UEA’s 25th Autumn Literary Festival on 11th October, with tickets available for a video link stream in a separate lecture theatre still available for purchase.

See the writer discuss two of his bestsellers in the video below:

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