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.'