Forthcoming Readings


Frankschhoek Literary Festival, South Africa

Friday May 15, 10 am: New School Hall – ‘Wielding Words‘ (with Chris Bradford)

Friday May 15, 1 pm: Congregational Church – ‘A History of Guilt

Friday May 15, 7:30 pm: Allora Restaurant – Sunday Times Literary Dinner

Saturday May 16, 11:30 am: Church Hall – ‘The Straight Gaze‘ (with Sarah Waters & Damon Galgut)

Sunday May 17, 1 pm: Church Hall – ‘Elephants In The Room‘ (with Mandla Langa & Eshkol Nevo)

Thursday May 21, 6 pm: Love Books, 53 Rustenburg Road, Johannesburg. I will be launching the South African edition of A HISTORY OF LONELINESS

Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival, Wales

Tuesday May 26, 10 am: Tata Tent. The New Golden Age, with Daniel Hahn, John Boyne & Jenny Valentine

We are revelling in an exhilarating time for young readers, fired by the richest imaginable field of novelists creating work for teenagers. The editor of the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature hosts this celebration of great contemporary YA writing with two superstars of the genre, who pick a library of ten essential reads for teenagers.

Wednesday May 27, 2:30 pm: Llwyfan Cymru – Wales Stage. In Conversation with Gaby Wood about A HISTORY OF LONELINESS.

Tuesday May 26, 11:30 am: Tata Tent. In Conversation with Peter Florence. John Boyne revisits his 2006 novel, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, which is now read around the world. His latest book Stay Where You Are and Then Leave is the moving story of a boy’s search for his missing father during the First World War.


West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry

Thursday July 16, 6:30 pm: Maritime Hotel. (With Paul Murray, author of The Mark & The Void). Buy tickets here.

I’ll be doing events in the UK, Canada, South Africa, and Europe during 2015 – check back soon for details

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