Tom Hanks: In conversation about UNCOMMON TYPE at the Royal Festival Hall
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In celebration of the London Literature Festival, Tom Hanks discussed his first book, Uncommon Type, and read extracts in an exclusive event at the Southbank Centre. Revealing himself to be a gifted writer, the Oscar-winning actor spoke humorously and honestly to critic and Literary Director of the Booker Prize Foundation, Gabby Wood, giving a raw insight into his collection of 17 short stories. Photo credit: Alice Boagey / Southbank Centre Expressing his passion for typewriters and how the ancient device acted marvellously as a tool to help him get into his writing work, Tom Hanks said: “A typewriter appears somewhere like Easter egg in every story. “Some are built on typewriters and other times you have to look a little deeper to find them.” With seeping passion and precision, Hanks entertainingly read a passage from The Special Weekend, which follows a little boy Kenny and his newly divorced mother. His descriptions are so vivid, imaginative and refreshing; the dialogue creates a strong feel-good sensation. Whilst explaining inspirations for the narratives, Hanks revealed that some locations and places are descriptions of where he grew up. He also speaks lovingly of his parents and other figures that have had a positive effect on his career.
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