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Photographs, podcast, and video for Susan Cooper’s Tolkien Lecture

We were delighted to welcome Susan Cooper to Pembroke College on Thursday, and listen to her inspiring talk on fantasy literature, ‘A Catch of the Breath’.

You can also download the talk as a podcast.

Write-up: SF critic and publisher Cheryl Morgan


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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Lev Grossman to speak at the 2015 Pembroke Tolkien Lecture

df4eb0ff5c8df129ce0ec8e0dd41f489We are delighted to announce that Lev Grossman will be delivering the third annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College Oxford.

The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 13th  May, at the Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College. Admission is free, but please sign up here if you wish to attend.

Lev Grossman is a novelist and journalist. As a novelist, he is best known for writing the critically acclaimed Magicians Trilogy, comprising The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), and The Magician’s Land (2014). The series has topped New York Times best-selling lists and there are plans to make it into a television series. As a journalist, Lev has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. He has been the Book Critic for Time since 2002.

Find out more about our speaker on his website.

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