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David Mitchell: Utopia Avenue

This event has been rescheduled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis: all tickets are valid for the new date.

The bestselling author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks launches his first novel in five years in an exclusive London event.

Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of.

Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times.

The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.

Celebrating the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul. Utopia Avenue is a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, madness and grief; of stardom’s wobbly ladder and fame’s Faustian pact; and of the collision between idealism and reality as the Sixties drew to a close.

This event is presented in partnership with the Royal Society of Literature, which celebrates its bicentenary this year. This event is part of its Literature Matters: RSL 200 series, which presents together some of the world's best-known writers to discuss the importance of literature – in all its forms – today.

David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Bone Clocks and Slade House.

Twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize, he has won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes among others, and been named a Granta Best Young British Novelist.

In 2018, he won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence.

Together with KA Yoshida, he has translated from Japanese two books by Naoki Higashida – The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism and Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism.

He lives with his wife and their two children in Ireland.

Dates & times

5 Oct 2020
Approximate run time: 150 mins
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    • Mon 5 October 2020


Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £25
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £25


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Age recommendation
For ages 16+

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Copies of David Mitchell’s new book Utopia Avenue are available for £16 (RRP £20) when you buy a ticket to the talk. These may be collected at the event.

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