Brighton Festival attracts inspiring and internationally significant Guest Director’s who bring cohesion to the artistic programme with British sculptor Anish Kapoor as inaugural curator in 2009 followed by the Godfather of modern music Brian Eno in 2010, the Burmese Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2011, actress and Human Rights campaigner Vanessa Redgrave in 2012, poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen in 2013 and choreographer, composer, musician and performer Hofesh Shechter in 2014.
Following in these footsteps, award-winning author Ali Smith will be Guest Director of Brighton Festival 2015.
Described as an ‘heir to Virginia Woolf’, Ali Smith has established herself as a pioneer of form; fearlessly pushing the boundaries of the novel with a deftness and accessibility that has earned her a reputation for being both vitally inventive and scrupulously playful.
Recently named winner of both the Costa Novel award and Goldsmiths Prize for boldly original fiction, Smith's latest novel - How to Be How to Be Both - is her most experimental and idiosyncratic yet. Borrowing from painting's fresco technique to make an original literary double-take, it is a fast-moving genre-bending conversation between forms, times, truths and fictions. Lauded by critics, How to Be Both has also earned her nominations for the Man Booker Prize and the Folio Prize.
Smith’s numerous other acclaimed novels, short story and essay collections include The Accidental (shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize), Hotel World (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize) and There but for the.
Listen to Andrew Comben, Chief Executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, announce Ali Smith, Brighton Festival 2015's Guest Director and share his thoughts on the forthcoming three weeks of arts and culture in May.