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Howard Jacobson: Why the Novel Matters

Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson delivers a keynote lecture on why we need the novel.

In the age of Twitter and no-platforming, Jacobson argues that the novel has never been more necessary.

For the last 300 years, it has been the most expressive medium of our humanity. It is the novel that has made us question our certainties, taught us to attend to voices other than our own, prefer reason to rage, value doubt above conviction, and to step beyond ourselves.

The keynote lecture is followed by an interview and Q&A with the audience.

Introduced by British writer, academic and critic Shahidha Bari.