The lecture will take place at 6.30pm on Thursday, 27th April, at the Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College. Admission is free.
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.
This is the fifth annual lecture on fantasy literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. The series is intended to promote fantasy and science-fiction as a subject worthy of serious academic respect and study, by inviting the best writers to Pembroke, where they talk about their work and their thoughts on the genre. It also acts as a fitting memorial to Tolkien, who was Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Pembroke for twenty years, and who wrote The Hobbit and much of The Lord of the Rings during his time at the college.
The lectures are sponsored through a grant from the Pembroke Annual Fund.
Is this event open to people from outside Oxford University?
Absolutely! We look forward to welcoming everyone who wants to come.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No -- just show up! This registration process is so we make sure we're not oversubscribed. We will cut off registration when we reach our full capacity.