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The Prize Management Group

The Prize Management Group of the Warwick Prize for Writing is made up of senior professors and administrative staff drawn from across the faculties and includes the Vice-Chancellor of the University. The Prize Management Group is responsible for the administration of the Prize including agreeing the Rules, the guidelines for the Judges and the arrangements for the award of the Prize. The Prize Management Group is also responsible for choosing the Judges. The longlist, shortlist and the winner of The Warwick Prize for Writing will be chosen by the Judging Panel.


Professor Jeremy Treglown, Director of the Warwick Prize for Writing

Jeremy Treglown has chaired the judging panels of both the Booker and the Whitbread (now Costa) Prizes and has been a judge of numerous other literary awards. His most recent book, V.S.Pritchett: A Working Life (Chatto, 2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Biography and the Duff Cooper Prize for Literature.

Previous books include Romancing: The Life and Work of Henry Green (Faber, 2000: 'Dictionary of Literary Biography' Award), Roald Dahl: A Biography (Faber, 1994), and the Everyman edition of Dahl's adult stories (2006).

A professor of English Literature at Warwick since 1993, he was editor of The Times Literary Supplement from 1981 to 1990 and has written for Granta and The New Yorker, among other magazines.

He founded the Warwick Writing Programme in 1996.

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Professor Catherine Bates, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Catherine Bates took her BA and DPhil in English at Oxford. She was Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Peterhouse, Cambridge, before coming to Warwick in 1995. She is Professor of Renaissance Literature and currently Head of Department in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. She specialises in sixteenth-century poetry and has interests in psychoanalysis, gender studies, and the epic tradition.

Her published works include The Cambridge Companion to the Epic (Cambridge, 2010), Masculinity, Gender and Identity in the English Renaissance Lyric (Cambridge, 2007), Play in a Godless World (London, 1999), and The Rhetoric of Courtship in Elizabethan Language and Literature (Cambridge, 1992).

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Visiting Professor Peter Blegvad, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

An American musician, singer-songwriter, and cartoonist, Peter Blegvad was a founding member of the avant-rock band Slapp Happy which later merged briefly with Henry Cow, and he has released many solo and collaborative albums since Slapp Happy split up. He is the son of Lenore, a children's author and Erik Blegvad, an illustrator.

His lyrics frequently feature word games, literary references and complex and extended rhyme schemes. His comic strip, 'The Leviathan' ran in the Guardian from 1992 to 1999, and a collection of strips was published in 2001 as 'The Book of Leviathan'.

Peter Blegvad is a visiting professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies teaching Creative Writing modules. He has also conducted creative writing courses at the University of Warwick for gifted and talented young people, and is leading the Creative Writing and Comparative Culture course at the 'Summer U for the International Gateway for Gifted Youth'.

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Professor Margot Finn, Department of History

A former Head of the Warwick History Department, she was founding Director of Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study, established in spring 2007 as part of Warwick's ambitious 2015 Strategy.

Professor Finn is presently researching the social, cultural and economic history of British ruling-class families in India, c. 1750-1850.

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Professor Maureen Freely, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

Maureen Freely was born in the US but grew up in Turkey, where her family still lives. She was educated at Radcliffe College (Harvard University) and has made her home in England for the past twenty-four years. She is the author of six novels - Mother’s Helper (1979), The Life of the Party (1985), The Stork Club (1992) Under the Vulcania (1994), The Other Rebecca (1996) and Enlightenment (2007) as well as three works of non-fiction - Pandora's Clock (1993), What About Us? An Open Letter to the Mothers Feminism Forgot (1995) and The Parent Trap (2000). She has been a regular contributor to the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent and the Sunday Times for two decades, writing on feminism, family and social policy, Turkish culture and politics, and contemporary writing. For the past twelve years she has been the deputy director of the writing programme at the University of Warwick. She is perhaps best known for her translations of Snow, The Black Book, and Istanbul: Memories of a City by the Turkish novelist and Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk.

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Professor Robert Freedman, Department of Biological Sciences

Professor Robert Freedman served as Head of the University of Warwick’s Department of Biological Sciences from 2002 to 2007. He continues to work on his main area of research of protein folding in the cell and on folding catalysts, especially the formation of disulphide bonds in the folding of secreted proteins.

He is currently a member of the Council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), chairs the BBSRC's Appointments Board and serves on BBSRC's Audit Board.

Prior to moving to Warwick Professor Freedman was Head of the Department of Biosciences (1989-94) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (1997-2002) at the University of Kent.

Previous roles include Biochemistry Consultant to the 'New Scientist' (1971-80), Programme Manager of the SERC Protein Engineering Club (1985-88) and Chairman of the Biochemical Society (1996-98).

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Professor Richard Higgott, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research: Faculties of Arts and Social Studies)

Richard Higgott is a Professor of Politics and International Studies and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor. He was Foundation Director of the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation and is currently Director of the EU Framework 6 Network of Excellence on Global Governance, Regionalisation and Regulation.

He has held Chairs at the University of Manchester and the Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has been President of the Australasian Political Science Association, Vice President of the American International Studies Association and a Ministerial Adviser and consultant to several major multinational corporations.

His awards include a Fulbright Fellowship at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Australia-Canada Bicentennial Award and 'la Chaire Asie' at the Foundation Nationale des Science Politiques in Paris.

He is author/editor of some 16 books and in excess of 100 articles and is currently the editor of The Pacific Review. He has particular expertise in the international economics and politics of East Asia and the international economic institutions, especially the WTO.

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Dr. China Miéville, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

China Miéville was born in 1972, and is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is twice winner of the Arthur C Clarke Award, and of the British Fantasy Award. His fiction includes 'Perdido Street Station', 'Iron Council', and 'Un Lun Dun', a book for younger readers. His non-fiction includes 'Between Equal Rights', a study of international law.

He has a degree in Social Anthropology from Cambridge, and an MSc and PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birckbeck School of Law, and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick.

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Professor David Morley, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies

A former natural scientist, David Morley has published 18 books, including nine volumes of poetry, won 13 literary awards and gained two awards for his teaching, including a National Teaching Fellowship. The University of Warwick awarded him a personal Chair in 2007 and a D.Litt. in 2008. He was also recipient of the Winifred Frost Fellowship for the Freshwater Biological Association during which he carried out research into the impact of acid rain on insects.

David writes essays, reviews and criticism for The Guardian, Poetry Review, PN Review and The Times Higher Educational Supplement. Recent books include The Cambridge Introduction to Creative Writing from CUP, The Invisible Kings from Carcanet Press, an anthology of new Romanian Poetry, and a new anthology of poems by children. David is Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick, where he is Professor of Creative Writing and Director of The Warwick Prize for Writing.

He is currently working on a series of public art poetry commissions themed on ancient woodland habitats, a new book of poems and The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing.

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Ian Rowley, Director of Development, Communications and Strategy

Ian Rowley has been Director of Communication at the University of Warwick since 2000 and in 2008 also became Director of Devlopment. His responsiblilities include oversight of external and internal communications, implementation of the University Strategy and development and alumni relations activities.

He was founding chair of the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations Education Group from 2003-2006; creator and chair of Research-TV, a sector-wide broadcast campaign from 2003-2007; and is a Director of the advertising agency Ads Fab.

Before joining the University of Warwick, Ian worked for 10 years in senior positions within the creative industries as Head of Press and Public Relations at the world renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and as Head of Public Affairs for the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds - one of the UK's foremost regional theatres.

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Professor Ian Stewart, Professor of Mathematics

Ian Stewart was born in 1945 and educated at Cambridge and Warwick. He is an active research mathematician working on pattern formation and chaos theory, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has written over 60 books including 'Does God Play Dice?', 'Life's Other Secret', 'What Shape is a Snowflake?', and 'Why Beauty is Truth'. With Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen he wrote the bestselling series 'The Science of Discworld'.

His books 'Nature's Numbers' and 'Why Beauty is Truth' were shortlisted for the Science Book Prize. His awards include the Royal Society's Faraday Medal for furthering the public understanding of science, the Gold Medal of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, and the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award of the AAAS. He appears frequently on radio and television, and presented the 1997 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for the BBC.

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Professor Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Nigel Thrift is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Warwick, UK. He joined Warwick from the University of Oxford where he was made Head of Division of Life and Environmental Sciences in 2003 before becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2005. He is one of the world's leading human geographers and social scientists and continues to maintain an active research career alongside his role as Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Thrift launched a new Strategy for the University of Warwick in September 2007 that has as its core vision the University becoming firmly positioned within the top 50 world universities by 2015, its 50th birthday. Building upon the success that the University has achieved over the course of the past 42 years since its founding in 1965, the Strategy aims to make Warwick an undisputed world leader in research and scholarship, sustaining its exceptional teaching and learning record while significantly increasing its international profile and enhancing its reputation with stakeholders throughout the UK and overseas.

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