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Warwick Thursdays

Warwick Thursdays is the Writing Programme’s weekly literary salon, organised by the Warwick Writing Programme and featuring visiting novelists, poets, dramatists, filmmakers, translators, publishers, editors, agents and artists in conversation with Warwick writers.

Talks are open to anyone and free, and, unless otherwise noted, take place in the Writers’ Room in Millburn House on Thursdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. For details of events and talks in previous terms, click on the Past Events tab above.

Warwick Thursdays is free and open to the public.

Autumn Term 2019

Thursday October 3 – David Vann

Published in 23 languages, David Vann’s internationally-bestselling books have won 14 prizes, including best foreign novel in France and Spain, and appeared on 83 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. He has been featured in 80 international literary festivals and had book tours in 29 countries. He has written for the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Outside, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Financial Times, The New Statesman, Elle UK, Esquire UK, Esquire Russia, National Geographic Adventure, Writer’s Digest, McSweeney’s, and other magazines and newspapers. A former Guggenheim fellow, National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Wallace Stegner fellow, and John L’Heureux fellow, he holds degrees from Stanford and Cornell and is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France.

Thursday October 10 – Dan Vyleta- 'Writing Outside My Mother Tongue'

Dan Vyleta is the son of Czechoslovak refugees to Germany. Having lived in Germany, Canada, the US, Turkey, Austria and the UK, he has aspirations to be Bohemian in more ways than one. Dan is the author of Pavel & I, The Quiet Twin (shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize), The Crooked Maid (shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and winner of the J.I. Segal Ward) and Smoke (a Canadian bestseller translated into ten languages). His fifth novel, Soot, is forthcoming this February in the UK, US and Canada; it continues Smoke's experiment in magical realism. He currently teaches literature and writing at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

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Thursday Oct 17 – Vybarr Cregan-Reid - 'Primate Change'

Prof. Vybarr Cregan-Reid is an author, academic and broadcaster who has written widely on the subjects of literature, health, nature and the environment. His most recent book, Primate Change: How the World We Made is Remaking Us, asks how modern life is changing our bodies. It looks at everything from our indoor behaviours, our height, the size of our feet, the shape of our faces, to things like allergies and shortsightedness, all of which are strongly driven by our environment. Called 'a work of remarkable scope' by The Guardian, it traces our bodies' responses to how we lived back millions of years to help us to understand the modern body.

Thursday October 24 – Will Forrester of English PEN

Thursday October 31 – Clair Oakley

Thursday November 14 – Scarlett Thomas - 'Oligarchy: a novel'

Scarlett Thomas has been described by Kirkus Reviews as ‘one of the United Kingdom’s most interesting authors’. Her 20-year career in publishing has included the bestselling novel The End of Mr. Yand the cult creative writing manual Monkeys with Typewriters. Her latest novel, Oligarchy, is a dark comedy about eating disorders and murder in a girls boarding school. Oligarchy was recently the subject of a nine-way auction for television rights – which took its author rather by surprise! Thomas, once described as like ‘Muriel Spark’s disreputable niece’, will talk about where the inspiration for Oligarchy originated, and read from the novel.

Thursday November 21 - Cathy Galvin

Thursday November 28 - Anissa Bouziane

Thursday December 5 - Nicholas Slater

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