Booker Prize-shortlisted author Amitav Ghosh to speak at the University of Leicester

Posted by er134 at Nov 06, 2013 10:19 AM |
Talks by award-winning Bengali Indian novelist on Tuesday 12 November and Wednesday 13 November

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 6 November 2013

One of the leading literary figures of our time, the multi-award-winning Bengali Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh, will be speaking at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 12 November and again at the University’s annual Literary Leicester Festival on Wednesday 13 November.

On Tuesday 12 November at 5:30pm in the Ken Edwards 5th floor seminar room, Amitav Ghosh joins a panel of expert historians and literature specialists for a discussion on ‘History and Fiction’, introduced by Clare Anderson, as part of Black History Season.

Amitav Ghosh will take to the stage a second time for the opening night of the Literary Leicester festival on Wednesday 13 November at 7:30pm in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing, University of Leicester.

Ghosh’s novels are renowned internationally for their compelling story-telling that brings the history of the Indian Ocean area alive through the use of deeply researched detail. His ongoing ‘Ibis’ trilogy, for instance, set in the 1830s, vividly encapsulates the colonial history of the region at the time.

Ghosh has won numerous awards since his first novel, The Circle of Reason, won France’s Prix Médicis in 1990, and The Shadow Lines received two prestigious Indian prizes the same year. More recently, his novel Sea of Poppies (2008) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. He has won the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Crossword Book Prize and the India Plaza Golden Quill Award in 2009. He has taught at Harvard and Columbia universities and been Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the City University of New York.

Dr Corinne Fowler of the University of Leicester’s School of English, who is helping to organise the events, said: “We are honoured that Amitav Ghosh is flying from the other side of the world to visit Leicester for the first time. He is widely considered as one of the world’s most innovative novelists.

“Given the vibrancy of Leicester’s literary scene and Leicester’s UK City of Culture bid, Mr Ghosh’s visit is perfectly timed.”

Dr Harry Whitehead, novelist and lecturer in the School of English said: “Amitav Ghosh’s riveting fiction is always based on unique and groundbreaking research. Acknowledged as among the world’s greatest living writers, to have Ghosh coming to speak at the University – and twice! – is an amazing privilege, not least because he so rarely visits the UK.”

Both events are free to attend. Tickets are available for the Literary Leicester event from, by emailing or calling 0116 2522320.


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