Cats vs. Dogs: A Literary Showdown

Cats vs dogs

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Which makes the better author's pet?

We wade into the (dangerous) old debate as Lynne Truss chairs a panel of authors discussing their favourite pets and the role they play in their works and literary lives.

Featuring BAFTA-winning screenwriter, playwright and cat owner Vinay Patel, and author, editor and dog-lover Simon Garfield.

Vinay Patel’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014, transferred to the Bush Theatre and went on to headline the 2015 Vault Festival. His latest play, An Adventure, ran at the Bush in late 2018. His television debut Murdered By My Father was commissioned for BBC3 and later repeated on BBC1. It won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama before going on to be nominated for three BAFTAs and Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work. He has since written for Paines Plough, ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant. Most recently, Vinay wrote for series 11 of Doctor Who and is developing further projects for the BBC. 

Simon Garfield is the author of more than a dozen books of non-fiction, including the bestsellers Just My TypeOn The Map and To The Letter, was one of the inspirations for the theatre shows Letters Live.  He is a trustee of the Mass Observation archive, University of Sussex and is the editor of several books of diaries from the archive: A Notable Woman The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey PrattWe Are At War: The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times and Our Hidden Lives: The Remarkable Diaries of Post War Britain. His most recent book is In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World.

Image: 'An Airedale has unexpectedly come across a cat, and both look somewhat surprised' from A Book of Dogs, Toronto: The Canada Games Co., 1921 (Shelfmark: LB.31.b.14084)



Name: Cats vs. Dogs: A Literary Showdown
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