Award winning novelist puts the past into context

Award winning novelist puts the past into context

The University of Wolverhampton is hosting a free public lecture by award winning novelist and poet, Adam Thorpe – putting historical fiction under the microscope and examining how to bridge the gap between the past and present.

Shortlisted for the Forward Prize, BBC National Short Story Award, South Bank Show Award and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, Adam is a translator and author of novels including Ulverton, Still and Hodd.  He has also written six volumes of poetry, two volumes of short stories and several radio dramas. He won the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize in 1992.

The ‘Writing Out of the Past’ lecture will take place on Tuesday 19th April 2016 in the George Wallis Art & Design Building, City Campus Molineux North in room MK045 between 6.00 pm and 7.30 pm.

Guest lecture on the past and historical novels.

Dr Aidan Byrne, Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “It’s a real privilege for us to host a lecture by such a publicly acclaimed writer of fiction and poetry.

“Adam will be addressing the question of writing historical fiction and bridging the gap between the deep past and the imaginative present. He will also be talking about his own novels, particularly The Rules of Perspective, Hodd and his recent non-fiction book On Silbury Hill.”

The lecture is free and open to members of the public.  For more details contact Dr Aidan Byrne:


For more information please contact the Media Relations Office on 01902 322003/322736

Date Issued: 14th April 2016

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