Wednesday 9 November 2011 at 8:30pm
Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Tel: +44.(0)20 7960 4200
We are sorry to announce that Christopher Hitchens has been admitted to hospital with pneumonia. As a result he is too ill to participate in the transatlantic conversation with Stephen Fry on Wednesday 9 November at Royal Festival Hall. Instead the event will be going ahead in a slightly different format. The promoter has released the following statement:
'There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that Christopher has pneumonia. The good news is he is on the mend, but he will be unable to join Stephen Fry in conversation. His voice isn't strong enough, although it should be in the next week or so.
Stephen will now be joined on both sides of the Atlantic by close friends and colleagues of the Hitch including Martin Amis and Christopher Buckley in New York and Richard Dawkins live on stage in London. They will be examining their and his ideas of what constitutes the good life and the good death - seen against the backdrop of Christopher's career, the causes dear to his heart, the controversies that he has so enjoyed provoking and the things that make life worth defending.'
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS IN CONVERSATION WITH STEPHEN FRY
For over 40 years Christopher Hitchens has written and spoken with passionate commitment on matters that others fear to broach. His life has been one of defiance, wit and humility.
Now his life is threatened by cancer, but his devotion to the truth and his extraordinary courage are undiminished.
In this special event for Intelligence Squared, he'll be in conversation via satellite in Washington with his friend Stephen Fry who'll be on stage live at Royal Festival Hall.
This is a chance to hear one of the great public intellectuals of our age discussing politics, literature and, as he puts it, 'the things that make life worth defending - foes like faith and false consolation'.
'If Hitchens didn't exist, we wouldn't be able to invent him.' (Ian McEwan)