V.E. Schwab’s 2018 Tolkien Lecture at Tor.com

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Tor have published a print version of V.E. Schwab’s 2018 Tolkien Lecture, ‘In Search of Doors’. Read it here.


V.E. Schwab to deliver the 2018 Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke

We are delighted to announce that Victoria “V.E.” Schwab will be delivering the sixth annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford.

The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 1st May, at the Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College. Please register for a free ticket here.

Victoria “V.E.” Schwab is the #1 NYT, USA, and Indie bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Vicious, the Shades of Magic series, and This Savage Song. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured by EW and The New York Times, been translated into more than a dozen languages, and been optioned for TV and Film. The Independent calls her the “natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones” and touts her “enviable, almost Gaimanesque ability to switch between styles, genres, and tones.”

Find out more about our speaker on her website.

If you have any questions about the upcoming lecture, please contact us here.

Susan Cooper to deliver the 2017 Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke

cooper_5x6_300dpi_rgb_fedorskyWe are delighted to announce that Susan Cooper will be delivering the fifth annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford.

The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday, 27th  April, at the Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College. Please register for a free ticket here.

Susan Cooper is best-known as the author of fantasies for children and young adults, notably the five-book sequence The Dark is Rising, whose awards included the Newbery Medal and two Carnegie Honours. At Oxford she was the first woman to edit Cherwell, and she worked as a reporter for the Sunday Times before marrying an American and moving to the USA. Her books have been translated into 25 languages and she has also written adult non-fiction, a Broadway play and Emmy-nominated screenplays. In 2012 Susan was given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for her “significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens” and in 2013 she received the World Fantasy Award for life achievement.

Find out more about our speaker on her website.

If you have any questions about the upcoming lecture, please contact us here.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘A Secret Vice’: 85 Years On

In 1931, on a cold dark evening in Oxford, J.R.R. Tolkien gave a lecture on the art of language invention and the relation between myth and language to the Samuel Johnson Society at Pembroke College.

In 2016 Tolkien scholars Dimitra Fimi and Andrew Higgins came to Pembroke to give a talk on Tolkien’s essay, 85 years later, on the exact same location and date.

Earlier this year Dimitra and Andrew published the first ever critical study of the essay, reproducing it alongside a new essay and drafts from Tolkien’s manuscripts, accompanied by detailed editorial notes and introductory material.

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Photographs, podcast, and video for the Fourth Tolkien Lecture

Our thanks once again to Terri Windling for her fascinating and inspiring talk, ‘Tolkien’s Long Shadow: Reflections on Fantasy Literature in the Post-Tolkien Era’.

If you missed it, or simply want to listen again, you can listen to the audio of the talk, or watch the video:

Reviews and reflections: SF critic and publisher Cheryl Morgan; Fantasy author Juliet E. McKenna.