Honorary Fellow to present film at Hay Festival 2021

The author Ali Smith – who is an Honorary Fellow of Clare Hall – is presenting a one-off film created in collaboration with Sarah Wood at this year’s Hay Festival.

Titled SUMMER, the film screening is taking place online on Sunday 6th June 2021, and is a celebration of the conclusion of Smith’s seasonal quartet. You can register for free on the Hay Festival website.

Summer is the story of people on the brink of change. In the present, Sacha knows the world's in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having trouble. Meanwhile the world's in meltdown – and the real meltdown hasn't even started yet. In the past, they had a lovely summer. A different brother and sister know they're living on borrowed time. They're family, but they think they're strangers. So, where does family begin? And what do people who think they've got nothing in common have in common?

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of titles including Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public Library and Other Stories, How to be Both, and Shire. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018. Smith lives in Cambridge.

The Hay Festival runs from 26th May-6th June 2021, and you can explore the full programme here.

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