Man Booker 50th Anniversary Event stage

Four Culture has been busy finalising preparations for the flagship event of the Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations: the Man Booker 50 festival at Southbank Centre, London, which opens this weekend!

Featuring more than 60 speakers, including 17 winners from the prize’s history, the programme of literary debates, readings and masterclasses offers an unrivalled chance to hear these champions of fiction in conversation at the UK’s leading arts centre. Head over to the Southbank Centre’s website to view the full programme and book your tickets now!

Since launching the programme various outlets have featured the festival, including listings in The Sunday Times, Departures Mag and i newspaper. Penelope Lively, who is taking part in the festival, was interviewed for ‘Lunch with the FT’, discussing her Golden Man Booker shortlisting. Look out for more previews and features in Guardian Review, High Life and Stylist, and tune into BBC Radio 4 Front Row on 4 July for a special debate about the prize featuring Booker Prize Foundation literary director Gaby Wood.

Voting has now officially closed for the Golden Man Booker – a special one-off prize crowning the best works of fiction from the last five decades of the prize. To find out which of the ‘Golden Five’ (In A Free State by V. S. Naipaul, Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders) will reign victorious, book your tickets to Golden Man Booker Live. It’s the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival and will feature the judges, live readings by actors and the hotly anticipated winner announcement.

Learn more about the prize’s fifty year history by tuning into our latest podcast, featuring Golden Man Booker judges Simon Mayo and Lemn Sissay, and Southbank Centre Senior Programmer, Ted Hodgkinson. For the first time in our award-winning podcasts’ four year history, host Joe Haddow is joined by Four Culture chief executive Dotti Irving, who has been involved in the prize for twenty-five years. Tune in here and tweet us your thoughts, remembering to use our new #ManBooker50 emoji.