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New chapter: Top authors confirmed for Lunchtime Reading series

Posted on 14/10/2013

Professor Adam Roberts will read from his novel Jack Glass

As 3,000 new students begin an exciting chapter of their lives at Royal Holloway, book lovers will have the chance to see a host of top authors and be inspired by their work when a new Lunchtime Reading series starts on Thursday 17 October.

Writers including Professor Adam Roberts and Anna Whitwham, from Royal Holloway’s Department of English, along with comedian Robert Newman, will read extracts from their books and host a Q&A session in a series of six lunchtime events open to students, staff and the general public. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions directly to the authors, as well as purchase copies of the book.

Dr Douglas Cowie, series organiser and Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Department of English, said: “The Lunchtime Reading series, now in its third year, gives students and the public the chance to see a fantastic line-up of writers reading from their own novels and poetry, as well as ask questions about their work.

“I’m very excited about the new season as it will be great opportunity for the audience to hear both new and published work and also to see the talent of the writers we have here at Royal Holloway.”

Professor Roberts will transport the audience into the world of science fiction when he kicks off the new series with an extract from his novel Jack Glass on 17 October. The book, which tells the story of a serial murderer living in a future solar system, won the British Science Fiction Association’s best novel prize earlier this year.

Professor Roberts currently teaches 19th century literature at Royal Holloway, having joined the Department of English in 1991.

Iphgenia Baal will visit Royal Holloway on 21 November, when she will read from her debut novel The Hardy Tree. Set in 1846, it tells the story of Thomas Hardy before he became a famous novelist and poet, and was employed to help clear an estimated 10,000 graves that stood in the way of the rail link into St Pancras.

Anna Whitwham, a Postgraduate research student at Royal Holloway’s Department of English, will entertain the audience in the new year, with an extract from her debut novel Boxer Handsome, about boxer boys and their girls in the East End of London, on 30 January 2014.

She will be followed by Robert Newman, who became famous in the 1990s performing with his then comedy partner David Baddiel. Robert will read from his swashbuckling novel The Trade Secret on 6 March 2014.

Andrew Cowan, whose debut novel Pig won him multiple literary awards including the the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year, will visit on 15 May, 2014, with his book Worthless Men.

And Timothy Jarvis will feature in the final reading of the series on 5 June 6, 2014, when he will read from The Wanderer.

For more information about the time and location of the readings, visit Royal Holloway’s Lunchtime Reading Series webpage here.



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