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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

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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.

Terri Windling to deliver the 2016 Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke

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We are delighted to announce that Terri Windling will be delivering the fourth-annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford.

The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday, 26th  May, at the Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College. Admission is free. Please register for a ticket here.

Terri Windling is a writer, editor, and artist specialising in fantasy literature and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, winning nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and placing on the short lists for the Tiptree and Shirley Jackson Awards. She received the S.F.W.A. Solstice Award in 2010 for ‘outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor’. Her work has been translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Russian, Turkish, Korean, and Japanese. She has served on the boards of the Interstitial Arts Foundation and the Mythic Imagination Institute (U.S.), and is currently a member of the advisory board for the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Fantasy at the University of Chichester.

Find out more about our speaker on her website.

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