(Helen Macdonald photo credit: Marzena Porgozaly)
A new semester here at the University of Southampton sees the return of Writers in Conversation, with a brand new line up of brilliant authors ready to read from and discuss their work.
The series begins on Monday 3rd October with University of Southampton lecturer Rebecca Smith, author of three novels as well as Jane Austen’s Guide to Modern Life’s Dilemmas. Rebecca will be discussing her newest book, The Jane Austen Writers’ Club, offering new insights into the writings of one of the world’s best-loved novelists. A must for any Austen fans!
In November, we then welcome Philip Hensher, whose novels have won the Somerset Maugham Award and been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He also edited The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: 1: From Daniel Defoe to John Buchan. He writes that he is drawn to the rich techniques of realism, as well as to disruptive forms and incomplete gestures more characteristic of contemporary writing. He also writes regularly for the Independent, the Mail on Sunday and the Spectator. Sure to be a very interesting evening of discussion.
To finish this autumn series, in December we make a brief move from our normal home of Nuffield Kitchen to the main Nuffield Theatre, where we welcome Helen Macdonald, author of the best-selling H Is for Hawk, the moving account of her grief over her father’s death and her training of the goshawk Mabel which won the Costa Book Award 2014 and The Samuel Johnson Prize 2014. Besides being a writer, poet and illustrator, Macdonald is also a naturalist, historian and professional falconer. A very special event, and definitely not one to be missed.
Our line up is not the only new appearance at Writers in Conversation. Alongside our existing Facebook page, we now have our own Twitter account, as well as this brand new blog. New photos, write-ups and updates will be regularly posted here and on our other social media accounts, so check back regularly to keep up to date with all our literary goings-on! To the right-hand side you can also find a list of upcoming dates and links to our social media accounts, so you’ll never need to look far to find your next fix of Writers in Conversation.
Hope to see you at an event soon, and in the meantime, happy reading!