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Speaker(s): Sam Leith, Lionel Shriver, Nigel Warburton
Chair: Tom Chatfield
Recorded on 19 February 2011 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
With rapid developments in communication and publication technologies, the book – as conventionally conceived – is no longer the only point of connection between writers and their audiences. New media cross many geographical borders with ease, creating potentially global readerships. New communication technologies empower audiences to answer back, dissolving the traditional borders between writers and readers. And with this, the boundaries between forms of writing begin to be reconfigured. How do writers and readers of fiction and sustained non-fiction relate to each other in this new space? What does technology mean for the future of the author?