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Leading author to deliver Kathleen Banks Memorial Lecture

Alison Moore

A leading author will deliver Loughborough University’s 2014 Kathleen Banks Memorial Lecture.

Alison Moore will talk about her route into writing and what it is like to be an author in the 21st Century.

The lecture is open to all – staff, students, alumni and the general public.  It will take place on Wednesday 3 December, in the Sir Robert Martin Theatre, Martin Hall on the University campus.   There will be complementary drinks and an opportunity to meet Alison from 4.30pm.  Her talk will start at 5.00pm.   

Admission is free for staff, students and alumni.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and tickets are priced at £5.  Tickets can be purchased on the door or online here

Alison Moore was born in Manchester in 1971.  Her first novel, The Lighthouse, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012 and National Book Awards 2012 (New Writer of the Year).  It won the McKitterick Prize 2013.  Her short fiction has been published in Best British Short Stories anthologies, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories whose title story won a New Writer novella prize.

The Kathleen Banks Memorial Lecture is being hosted by the University’s School of the Arts, English and Drama.  It commemorates and celebrates the work of a much-loved colleague, teacher and friend from the School whose life was tragically cut short in an accident close to the University campus.

Dr Kerry Featherstone, Lecturer in Creative Writing comments:  “We are lucky to have a writer of such stature and experience on campus for our Lecture.  It will be of interest to emerging writers and the many readers of her work from within the University and locally and we are very much looking forward to what will be a highly stimulating evening.”

Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 14/206

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In 2015 the University will open an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University in London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will offer postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.


Alison Barlow
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Loughborough University
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