The Festival debate is always one of our most hotly anticipated events. This year two lively controversialists, John Mullan and Lionel Shriver, will go head-to-head to discuss the motion, which derives from a statement by Oscar Wilde: There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book.
Lionel Shriver will propose the motion and John Mullan will oppose it. Novelist and screenwriter William Nicholson will be an animated Chair. The audience will give its verdict.
Lionel Shriver has published 12 novels. Her first short story collection, Property, appeared last year.
John Mullan is Lord Northcliffe Chair of Modern English Literature at University College, London. He is the author of What Matters in Jane Austen?