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Triple Major Literary Success for University of Warwick’s English Department

The last few weeks have seen a trio of literary successes for the University of Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies.

A L Kennedy, an Associate Professor in the Warwick Writing Program at the University,  has been awarded the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. A highly prestigious international award is given to writers of exceptional quality who also demonstrate the potential for continued outstanding creative work.

She has also just won the Costa Novel Award one of the UK’s biggest fiction awards (previously known as The Whitbread Prize). She won the award for herfifth novel, Day. This book tells the story of a character called Alfred Day, following his life as a tail-gunner in a Lancaster bomber and later in 1949 when he takes a role as an extra in a POW film.

The third literary triumph for the University’s English Department is the fact that Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk has joined the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies as an Honorary Professor. His translator, Maureen Freely, who travelled to Sweden with him when he collected his Nobel Prize for literature, is also a member of the English Department at Warwick. Orhan Pamuk will contribute to the University’s Warwick Writing Programme and the creative writing degrees.

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Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager,
University of Warwick Tel: 024 76 523708
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PR5 PJD 15th January 2008