Ali Smith | Companion Piece – Online

Fri 27 May - Mon 6 Jun 2022

Ali Smith
27 May - 5 June
Ali Smith, Companion Piece
Alex Clark

This event was recorded at our Spring Festival in April

Celebrate Companionship this Spring 

Ali Smith evokes the boundless joy of companionship as she returns to the Festival with Companion Piece, the dazzling follow-up to her Seasonal Quartet.

After years of Covid keeping people apart, come together with Ali and host Alex Clark to celebrate companionship in all its timeless and contemporary, legendary and unpindownable, spellbinding and shapeshifting forms. 

In conversation with literary critic Alex Clark

Venue: Online

Duration: 1hr

Tickets available soon.

Ali Smith, Companion Piece

Companion Piece

Buy the book at the Festival from Heffers or online from LRB Bookshop

Author biography 

Ali Smith was born in Inverness in 1962. She is the author of Spring, Winter, Autumn, Public library and other stories, How to be both, Shire, Artful, There but for the, The first person and other stories, Girl Meets Boy, The Accidental, The whole story and other stories, Hotel World, Other stories and other stories, Like and Free Love. Hotel World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. The Accidental was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize. How to be both won the Bailey’s Prize, the Goldsmiths Prize and the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Autumn was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and Winter was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2018. Ali Smith lives in Cambridge. 


Alex Clark is a journalist and broadcaster regularly seen in the pages of the Guardian,  Observer and Times Literary Supplement and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Open Book. She co-hosts the Graham Norton Book Club podcast and is a former Man Booker and Orwell Prize judge.

Alex was also appointed as the first female Editor of Granta magazine in May 2008. She was a member of the panel of judges for Granta‘s Best of Young British Novelists 2003, the 2008 Man Booker Prize, the Encore Award for best second novel and is on the advisory committee of the Folio Prize.