The Hay Festival In Belfast

Authors Martin Amis and David Grossman are coming to the Lyric Theatre to talk about their very different novels

One of the most famous literary festivals in the world is bringing two writers, Israeli novelist David Grossman and author and memoirist Martin Amis, to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in June.

'We are delighted to be working with Belfast's iconic theatre,' said a Hay Festival spokesman, 'to celebrate two of the international stars visiting Europe for the Hay Festival in Wales.'

For 25 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate literature and world affairs, and to share the stories that have made many of them household names, celebrating great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, to name but a few.

Hay now runs 13 festivals across five continents, and on Friday, June 1, the celebrated Israeli novelist and journalist David Grossman discusses his novel To The End of the Land with David Dwan. a novel of extraordinary power about family life and the cost of war, in Belfast.

In this extraordinary novel about family life and the cost of war Ora, a middle-aged mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer's release from Israeli army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the 'notifiers' who might darken her door with the worst possible news.

On June 9 Martin Amis, the author of Money, London Fields, The Information and the exquisite memoir Experience, launches his new novel Lionel Asbo at the Lyric Theatre.

Lionel Asbo – a very violent but not very successful young criminal – is going about his morning duties in a London prison when he learns that he has just won £139,999,999.50 on the National Lottery. This is not necessarily good news for his ward and nephew, the orphaned Des Pepperdine. He still has reason to fear his uncle's implacable vengeance.

Savage, funny, and mysteriously poignant, Lionel Asbo is a modern fairytale from one of the world's great writers. A reading not to be missed.

For tickets to see Martin Amis and David Grossman go to the Lyric Theatre website or contact them at the box office on 90381081.