Date: Tuesday 30 April 2019
Location: Hatchards Piccadily
To celebrate forty years of Granta magazine, editor Sigrid Rausing and former editors Bill Buford and Ian Jack talk to Erica Wagner, writer and former Times literary editor. Sharing anecdotes and insights from four decades of publishing the leading literary journal, they will reflect on a changing literary landscape and the joy of championing new talent and established names alike.
Granta publishes many of the world’s finest writers and photographers. Ranging from Nobel laureates to debut novelists, travel writing and translated fiction to investigative journalism and memoir, each quarterly themed issue reaffirms the power and urgency of story. Over the years, contributors have included Haruki Murakami, George Saunders, Julian Barnes, Maggie O’Farrell, Sally Rooney, A. M. Homes, Han Kang and many others.
Bill Buford published the first issue of Granta in 1979 and edited it for sixteen years. He is the author of Among the Thugs and Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany. He also wrote Iconic Dishes, a collection of essays on classic recipes that he prepared with Daniel Boulud. His forthcoming book is Dirt, about the five years he lived in Lyon, training to be a French chef.
Ian Jack became the editor of Granta magazine in 1995, and remained in the post until 2007. Previously, he edited the Independent on Sunday, whichhe also co-founded. Most of his career has been spent in journalism and his awards include those for reporter, journalist and editor of the year. He currently writes regularly for the Guardian.
Sigrid Rausing is Editor and Publisher of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta Books. She has a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London. Her third book, Mayhem, was published in 2017, was shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Prize, and is forthcoming in a number of translations.