2020-2021 Academic Year
Week 2: Caroline Lea (Audio Link, click here)
Caroline Lea grew up in Jersey and gained a First in English Literature and Creative Writing from Warwick University, where she now teaches writing. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and The Glass Woman was shortlisted for the HWA Debut Crown.
Week 3: Lucy Brydon (Audio Link, click here)
From Edinburgh, Lucy graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Creative Writing in 2005 before moving to Shanghai. She lived there until 2010, writing, directing, and producing short films, commercials and television dramas as well as learning Mandarin.
She then studied Film Directing at Columbia University’s MFA Programme in New York. Her short films have screened at numerous international festivals and her debut novel, Shanghai Passenger, was published by Blue Mark Books in 2015.
Lucy currently leads the Screenwriting course on the University of Warwick’s Creative Writing Programme, blogs for Little White Lies about filmmaking and is in active development on a number of feature and television projects. Lucy’s debut feature film BODY OF WATER was commissioned by Film London for their Microwave programme with support from BBC Films and the BFI, and stars Sian Brooke and Amanda Burton. It will premiere at Glasgow Film Festival 2020.
Week 4: Tim Leach: (Audio Link, click here)
Tim Leach is a writer of historical fiction, specialising in the ancient world, unreliable source texts, and the crossover points between myth and history. His first novel, The Last King of Lydia, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2013. A sequel, The King and the Slave, followed in 2014, and his latest book Smile of the Wolf, was published in Summer 2018.
Tim is a graduate of the Warwick Writing Programme, where he now teaches fiction as an Assistant Professor. Originally from Essex, he now lives in Sheffield, and is a keen fell runner and rock climber in his spare time.
Week 5: 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 94 international literary festivals and had book tours in 32 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. Profiled: New York Times, cover of Arts section, Le Monde (France), El Pais (Spain), The Sunday Times (UK), Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Listener (New Zealand), The Observer (UK), La Vanguardia, back page (Spain), San Francisco Chronicle, cover of Arts section, Metro (UK) “The Big Interview,” The Scotsman, Sunday Business Post (Ireland), The Irish Times, The Anchorage Daily News, Publishers Weekly.