John Banville's works have received numerous awards; his best-known novel, The Sea, was the 2005 winner of the Man Booker Prize, in 2011 he was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize and in 2014 the Prince of Asturias Award. Other books include The Infinities (2012), Ancient Light (Novel of the Year - Irish Book Awards 2012), and most recently The Blue Guitar (2015). He has also published crime novels under the name Benjamin Black, including Vengeance (2012), Holy Orders (2013) and Even the Dead (2015). 

He came to speak at the festival in 2014, sitting down with Mariella Frostrup to tell us all about his double life as an author. And again in 2016 to talk to Kamila Shamsie.