jill dawson and Gillian beer
Sunday 28 April 2019, 2.00 pm
Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP
£12.00/ £10 students and CAMcard holders. Includes tea and coffee.
We are delighted to offer an afternoon with acclaimed author Jill Dawson, in conversation with brilliant scholar Dame Gillian Beer. Jill Dawson will also read from her new novel, The Language of Birds. Details below. Bookings now open.
Jill Dawson is an acclaimed novelist, poet, and anthologist. She won an Eric Gregory award for poetry in 1992 and several short-story competitions. She compiled six anthologies including the bestselling Virago Book of Wicked Verse before choosing to concentrate on writing fiction.
Her novels are: Trick of the Light, Magpie, Fred & Edie, Wild Boy, Watch Me Disappear, The Great Lover, Lucky Bunny and The Tell-Tale Heart,The Crime Writer and The Language of Birds, all published by Sceptre. The Great Lover was a Richard and Judy summer read; Fred & Edie was shortlisted for the Orange and Whitbread novel awards and long-listed for the Impac; Watch Me Disappear was longlisted for the Orange prize; Lucky Bunny won a Fiction Uncovered award. The Tell-Tale Heart was nominated for the Folio prize, and The Crime Writer, about Patricia Highsmith, won The East Anglian Fiction Award and Book of the Year and was also runner-up in the New Angles Prize. Her tenth novel is to be published by Sceptre in April 2019 and is The Language of Birds. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in 2006.
Jill – known to her friends as Ruby Dawson – has been the Chair of the Advisory Fellows for the Royal Literary Fund for twelve years, and runs the mentoring scheme for new writers she founded, Gold Dust.
Jill's forthcoming novel: The Language of Birds
Inspired by one of the most sensational unsolved case in British criminal history, that of 'Lucky' Lord Lucan, and his audacity in evading police capture, The Language of Birds is a fictional account of the lives of two young nannies in London in the 1970s. As Mandy edges towards the tragic fate that awaits her, her dear friend Rosemary watches in the wings. Rosemary is an odd girl and has a gift that very few have. But after all, what could anyone have done to save Mandy?
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)