Should Literary Prizes Privilege Authors Tackling Current Social Issues?

There have never been so many books published and sold as in today’s world. Books are seen as a hobby, or a pastime, something to enjoy and embrace. But as Mario Vargas Llosa reminds us, they are occasionally seen as a dangerous “vehicle of subversive ideas”, and their writers feared as criminals. Sometimes amid the whirlwind narratives of the latest best-seller, readers can forget the power of literature as a political tool. Continue reading Should Literary Prizes Privilege Authors Tackling Current Social Issues?

An Evening With Hilary Mantel at Exeter Uni

This Autumn sees the start of the University of Exeter Arts & Culture Team’s Forum Series talks, in the Alumni Auditorium in the University of Exeter Forum. The first speaker will be the award-winning author Hilary Mantel.  After the huge success of her visit here last year, Hilary will be returning on the evening of 29th October  to speak about the writer’s task of breaking … Continue reading An Evening With Hilary Mantel at Exeter Uni