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Picturehouse Entertainment and the Man Booker Prize present Man Booker Live

Picturehouse Entertainment and the Man Booker Prize present Man Booker Live

Man Booker Live is an exciting new initiative for 2012. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction has partnered with Picturehouse Entertainment to broadcast ‘Prize Readings,’ an evening with the 2012 shortlisted authors at the Royal Festival Hall at London’s Southbank Centre on Monday 15 October.

Taking place on the eve of the winner announcement, the shortlisted authors will be reading and discussing their work in front of an audience hosted by one of the UK’s favourite broadcasters, Radio 4’s James Naughtie.  

Tickets for Man Booker Live will go on sale this Friday, 17 August, at cinemas across the UK.

For the first time booklovers nationwide will be able to enjoy and participate in the shortlist event at their local cinemas. For avid followers of the Man Booker Prize and bookgroups everywhere, the evening promises lively discussion and a unique opportunity to see world-class writers the night before the winner of the £50,000 prize is decided.

Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, comments: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Southbank and Picturehouse and to be able to share, for the first time, the occasion with readers all over the country.”

The shortlist of six will be announced on 11 September from a longlist of 12 authors, announced on 25 July. The longlisted authors are: Nicola Barker, Ned Beauman, André Brink, Tan Twan Eng, Michael Frayn, Rachel Joyce, Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Alison Moore, Will Self, Jeet Thayil and Sam Thompson. For up to date information on the Man Booker Prize please visit www.themanbookerprize.com

Man Booker Live is taking place at cinemas across the UK, for more information and tickets please visit: www.picturehouses.co.uk

For more information and tickets to ‘Prize Readings’ at the Southbank Centre please visit: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk

For all press enquiries please contact: Four Colman Getty


Notes to editors

- About Picturehouse Entertainment

Picturehouse Entertainment is the recently established distribution arm of City Screen, the owner and operator of 20 Picturehouse Cinemas and programming agent for a further 38 venues around the country. Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model, Picturehouse Cinemas are Britain’s largest circuit of independent cinemas, located in city centres and offering diverse programmes that encompass quality mainstream, family, art-house, independent, foreign-language and documentary films.


City Screen has been at the forefront of digital cinema and pioneered live satellite broadcasts, bringing non-film content such as director Q&As, concerts, the New York Met Opera, and Royal Opera House Ballet to community cinema screens.


Sister company Picturehouse Entertainment launched in 2010 and has enjoyed great success with its two theatrical releases to date: Jean Becker's My Afternoons with Margueritte and the record-breaking Werner Herzog 3D documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which was nominated for Best Documentary Release of the Year by the Screen Awards. Miranda July’s The Future and Jean-Pierre Améris’ Romantics Anonymous will open in November 2011. Picturehouse Entertainment also distributes a wide variety of non-film content to cinemas around the country. These include live satellite transmissions of seasons from world-class arts organisations such as the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre, and special one-off events such as Stephen Fry’s talk, The Fry Chronicles, and Jamie Cullum live at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.


- The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969, and Man was announced as the sponsor of the prize in April 2002.  In October 2011, a renewed sponsorship agreement was announced which assured the future of the prize. For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website: www.themanbookerprize.com


- The Booker Prize Foundation Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all sides of the book world.   Its members are:


Ion Trewin, Chair (Literary Director, Booker Prize Foundation); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc; Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, Man; Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust; Maggie Fergusson, writer and Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature; Basil Comely, BBC TV; Derek Johns, literary agent; Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Reviewer, The Sunday Times; James Daunt,  Managing Director of Waterstone’s; Nigel Newton, publisher; Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize Administrator); Eve Smith (Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation); and Robert Topping; Topping & Company Booksellers


- The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are former Chairman of Booker plc, Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chair); Lord Baker of Dorking CH; playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund, Sir Ronald Harwood CBE; Principal of Mansfield College Oxford and former Chair of the British Council, Baroness Kennedy QC; Professor of Creative Writing, Royal Holloway College University of London and former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion; broadcaster, James Naughtie; biographer, Victoria Glendinning and former Finance Director of Rentokil plc, Christopher Pearce. Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, is President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne and Baroness Neuberger are Vice Presidents


- Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. It has expertise in a wide range of liquid investment styles including managed futures, equity, credit and convertibles, emerging markets, global macro and multi-manager, combined with powerful product structuring, distribution and client service capabilities. As of June 30 2012, Man managed $52.7 billion.