IN conversation: Ali Smith and Gillian Beer

Sunday 12 November 2017, 2.00 pm

This course has finished. You can see photos of the event on our Facebook page, November 2017.

We are delighted to offer an afternoon with acclaimed author Ali Smith, in conversation with brilliant scholar Dame Gillian Beer. £15.00. Includes tea and coffee. Ali Smith's new novel, Winter, will be just out: details here.
There will be an opportunity to buy books by the authors and get them signed. Thanks to Heffers bookshop, Cambridge, for providing the books. Cash only.


Ali Smith

Ali Smith is the acclaimed author of many novels and collections of stories. She has been shortlisted several times for the Booker Prize and in 2015 she won the Bailey Women's Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize for How to Be Both. Her topical novel Autumn has been shortlisted for the 2017 Booker Prize. She is patron of the refugee support project, Refugee Tales. Her new novel Winter was published early November 2017.

Her books include:
Free Love and Other Stories (1995)
Other Stories and Other Stories (1999)
Hotel World (2001)
The Accidental (2005)
Girl Meets Boy (2007)
There But for The (2011)
Shire (2013)
How to be Both (2014)
The Public Library and Other Stories (2015)
Autumn (2016)
Winter (2017)

Review of Ali Smith, How to Be Both, Guardian, Sept. 2014.
Review of Ali Smith, How to Be Both, Atlantic, Dec. 2014.
Review of Ali Smith, Autumn, Guardian, Oct. 2016.
Interview with Ali Smith by Olivia Laing, Observer, Oct. 2016.
Ali Smith, 'The Detainee's Tale', Guardian, June 2015.
Ali Smith and others on John Berger, Guardian, Jan. 2017.
Ali Smith Goldsmith's Prize lecture, 'The Novel in the Age of Trump', New Statesman, 15 October 2017.
Review of Ali Smith, Winter, Guardian, Nov. 2017.
Review of Ali Smith, Winter, New Statesman, Nov. 2017.

Gillian Beer

Professor Dame Gillian Beer is former Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and former President of Clare Hall, Cambridge. She is a teacher much loved by generations of students at Cambridge and around the world, and has written ground-breaking books on Darwin, Virginia Woolf, George Eliot, Lewis Carroll, literature and science, literature and the past, and many other topics. She specialises in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, and has a keen interest in contemporary writing. She was a Booker Prize judge in 1993 and Booker Prize chair in 1997.

Her most recent book, Alice in Space, was awarded the prestigious Truman Capote Prize.
Her books include:
Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1983; revised edn 2009)
George Eliot (1986)
Arguing with the Past (1989)
Open Fields: Science in Cultural Encounter (1996)
Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground (1996)
Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll (2016)

Interview with Gillian Beer, Guardian, 29 June 2004: here.
Review of Alice in Space, THES, Dec. 2016: here.
Susan Sellers on Gillian Beer, 2013: here.

Venue: Stapleford Granary

This beautiful venue is 3 miles south of Addenbrooke's, easy to reach by bus, bike, train, or car.