College lunchtimes transported by top authors

Posted on 15/10/2012

Lunchtimes at Royal Holloway will transport members of the College and the wider public into worlds of adventure and beauty when a new Lunchtime Reading series starts on Thursday 25 October.

Award-winning authors, including Susanna Jones, Joe Dunthorne and Man Booker-nominated Adam Foulds, will read extracts from their books and host a Q&A session where there will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions directly to the authors, as well as purchase copies of the book.

The series, which is hosted by the Department of English, started last year and returns this term following its popularity among audiences. Speakers in the first series included Man Booker Prize winning author Howard Jacobson.

Dr Douglas Cowie, Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Department of English, at Royal Holloway, said: “I am really excited about this season’s line-up. We have some fantastic novelists and poets coming to campus to share their work and experiences, including two members of staff who teach English here at Royal Holloway.

“These inspiring public readings will be open to all staff, students and members of the public, and will give visitors the chance to hear both new and published work read by the author themselves.”

Susanna Jones will kick off the new season with an extract from her acclaimed fourth novel When Nights Were Cold on October 25. The Guardian described it as “an atmospheric, beautifully controlled account of intense female friendship and ambition”.

Ms Jones is a Senior Lecturer in Royal Holloway’s Department of English, teaching on the Creative Writing MA. She graduated in Drama and Theatre Studies from the College in 1988.

Debut novelist Kenneth Macleod will visit Royal Holloway on November 22, when he will read from The Incident, which tells the story of a lifeguard working in 1980s Germany.

Dr Katherine Williams, a Lecturer in Creative Writing in Royal Holloway’s Department of English, will entertain the audience with an extract from her haunting Victorian thriller The Pleasures of Men on January 31, 2013.

She will be followed by Daljit Nagra, who will read from his poetry collection Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! on March 21, 2013.

Joe Dunthorne, who saw his first novel Submarine adapted into a feature film in 2010, will visit on May 9, 2013, with his book Wild Abandon.

And Adam Foulds will feature in the final reading of the series on June 6, 2013, when he will read from The Quickening Maze.

For more information about the time and location of the readings, visit Royal Holloway’s

Lunchtime Reading Series webpage.







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