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Life Writing Seminar Series - Professor Norma Clarke

Date:27 April 2010, 5:00pm to
27 April 2010, 6:30pm
Location:Room JG1004, John Galsworthy building, Penrhyn Road campus

Life Writing Seminar Series

All are welcome; booking is not required.


  • Professor Norma Clarke (Kingston), ‘The Adventures of Jack Luckless: The First Memoir of Childhood?'
  • Dr Anne Rowe (Kingston), ‘To Rewrite a Life: Moral Questions Haunting a Memoir’

About the Speakers

Norma Clarke is Professor of English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University. Her research interests are currently in children’s literature and biography. In 2008 she published a biography of an early 18th century Irish memoirist, Queen of the Wits: a Life of Laetitia Pilkington, (Faber&Faber). She is currently preparing an edition of the 1760 autobiography of John Carteret Pilkington, son of Laetitia Pilkington, to be published by Notre Dame Press under the title The Adventures of Jack Luckless. Earlier books include Dr Johnson's Women and The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters. She is a published author of children's fiction and brings her practical knowledge of writing and publishing fiction to all aspects of her teaching in the Creative Writing programme.

Anne Rowe is the Director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch Studies at Kingston University and Lead Editor of the Iris Murdoch Review. She has published widely on Iris Murdoch, most recently contributing the introduction to With Love and Rage: A Record of a Friendship with Iris Murdoch by David Morgan, to be published by KUP in 2010. This talk looks candidly at the moral issues that emerged during the editing and publishing process of a controversial re-writing of Iris Murdoch’s life. What has emerged is not only a revisionary study of Murdoch and her work, but also a poignant study of human frailty.

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