27th of March, 3pm: Matt Haig


Matt Haig was born in Sheffield in 1975. He is the author of novels for both adults and children. His adult novels include the bestsellers ‘The Last Family in England’, the film rights of which were sold to Brad Pitt, and ‘The Radleys’, which was a TV Book Club ‘Best Read’. His novels for children include ‘Shadow Forestwhich’ was a Blue Peter Book of the Year, won a Nestle Gold Medal, and picked up eight regional book awards. His latest children’s novel ‘To Be A Cat’, is about a boy who wakes up one morning in feline form. His works have been translated into over 20 languages. He is currently working on the screenplay for his next adult novel, ‘The Humans’. That novel has received glowing praise from Jeanette Winterson, Joanne Harris, Patrick Ness and SJ Watson, among others. The Guardian summed up his writing as ‘delightfully weird’ and the New York Times called him ‘a writer of great talent’. In 2011 he was named Yorkshire’s Young Achiever in the Arts. He lives in a house in York and a boat in London with his wife and children.

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