Scarlett Thomas can unfortunately no longer attend the New Zealand Festival of the Arts due to personal reasons.
Scarlett Thomas is loved the world over for her ingenious storytelling that crackles with originality. Her 20-year career in publishing has included the bestselling novel The End of Mr. Y and the cult creative writing manual Monkeys with Typewriters. Her latest novel, Oligarchy, is set at a girls’ boarding school, and is a sharp critique of privilege and power. Oligarchy was recently the subject of a nine-way auction for television rights – which took its author rather by surprise! Scarlett, once described as like “Muriel Spark’s disreputable niece”, discusses her life of writing, where the inspiration for Oligarchy originated, and where she is heading next.
Scarlett Thomas was born in London in 1972. Her novels include Bright Young Things, The Seed Collectors, PopCo, The End of Mr.Y which was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, and Our Tragic Universe. She teaches creative writing at the University of Kent.
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