Ali Smith & Sarah Wood: Festival – a Film
Four years on from when she read a breathtaking passage at the 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival ahead of the launch of Autumn, Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet reaches its remarkable conclusion with the arrival of Summer.
A stand-alone novel, this fourth book will resonate especially powerfully with readers already familiar with Autumn, Winter or Spring, picking up on the intertwining experiences of several characters who appear in the earlier works. Above all, Summer underlines Smith’s status as a writer with a special talent, known not only to delight through her electric prose but also to offer a limpid reflection of the mood of a divided nation – this time in the meltdown of the very recent present.
For today’s event, Smith has written a new essay exploring the festival that every book is. Working with that essay, artist Sarah Wood has created a 15-minute film which we will show just once: it will not be available to view again after this single live screening. Afterwards, Ali Smith will answer audience questions about Summer and the Seasonal Quartet.