60 Years of The Lord of the Rings, and Panel Discussion: ‘What's the Point of Fantasy Fiction?’

Fantasy Fiction Saturday

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Nov 14, 2015
from 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM


Peter Williams Lecture Theatre

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It's 60 years since J.R.R. Tolkien completed The Lord of the Rings. Join leading Oxford University Tolkien expert Stuart Lee - author of The Keys to Middle Earth - as he describes how the work came to be. Then, in the year that world-renowned local fantasy fiction author, Graham Joyce, died, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland, enjoy the panel discussion that follows. We ask: 'What's the Point of Fantasy Fiction?'

The panel includes Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, who wrote this year’s bestselling biography of Lewis Carroll and ‘Alice’; and Juliet E. McKenna, fantasy author and founder of ‘The Write Fantastic’, which promotes science fiction and fantasy writing. It is chaired by Professor Farah Mendlesohn, who won the 2005 Hugo Award for The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction.

A fabulous way to close the festival.


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