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Guy Gavriel Kay to Deliver the 2021 Tolkien Lecture

Award-winning and best-selling fantasy author Guy Gavriel Kay will deliver this year’s Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. The digital lecture will take place on Tuesday, May 11th, 6 PM BST (1 PM ET).

Kay has published fourteen novels which have been translated into 30 languages and have appeared on bestseller lists around the world. He is also the author of the poetry collection, Beyond This Dark House. His most recent work is A Brightness Long Ago.

Before beginning his career as a novelist, Kay was retained by the Estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to assist in the editorial construction of The Silmarillion, the first and best-known of the posthumously published Tolkien works. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1980, he has also been principal writer and associate producer for the CBC’s award-winning crime-drama series, The Scales of Justice. 

Kay has twice won the Aurora Award, is a multiple World Fantasy Award nominee, and won that award for Ysabel. He also won the Sunburst Award for Under Heaven, and is the recipient of the International Goliardos Prize, presented in Mexico City, for his contributions to the literature of the fantastic. Both Under Heaven and River of Stars won the Prix Elbakin in France for best foreign language speculative fiction work.

In 2014 he was invested with the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. Kay’s authorized website may be found at He is on Twitter as @guygavrielkay. Kay lives in Toronto.

Please note that Rebecca F. Kuang’s lecture is planned for a later date, when in-person events and international travel will be possible again.