Erica Wagner
The Man Who Built The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge, now over 130 years old, is loved and recognised around the world. It is as much a part of New York as the Statue of Liberty or the Empire State Building. Yet iconic though it is, its builder is almost forgotten. Former Literary Editor of The Times and twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, Erica Wagner, brings to life one of the heroes of American civil engineering, Washington Roebling.

In conversation with author and Festival Patron Ali Smith

About the Authors

Erica Wagner  is the author of Gravity: Stories; Ariel’s Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and a novel, Seizure; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner. Twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she was literary editor of The Times for seventeen years, and she is now a contributing writer for the New Statesman and consulting literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar, as well as writing for many publications in Britain and the United States.  She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and she is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. She lives in London.
More about Erica:  ericawagner.co.uk | Follow her on Twitter: @EricaWgnr

Ali Smith is the author of Free Love and Other Stories, Like, Other Stories and Other Stories, Hotel World, The Whole Story and Other Stories, The Accidental, Girl Meets Boy, The First Person and Other Stories, There but for the, Artful, How to be both, Public library and other stories and Autumn. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize and The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel Award and was shortlisted for the Man Booker and the Folio Prize. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge.

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