Literary Leicester: ‘Why Do We Need Fantasy Fiction?’ Panel Event

Type Arts & Entertainment
When 14 Nov 2015, 08:00PM - 09:00PM
Venue Peter Williams Lecture Theatre
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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World-renowned local fantasy fiction author, Graham Joyce, died this year. 2015 was also the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland and the 60th of the completion of The Lord of the Rings.

Join us as we ask ‘Why Do We Need Fantasy Fiction?’ This panel event will kick off with a short talk from leading Oxford University Tolkien scholar, Stuart Lee (author of, among other works, The Keys to Middle Earth). Joining him thereafter will be acclaimed biographer 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. The event is chaired by Professor Farah Mendlesohn, who won the 2005 Hugo Award for The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction.

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