Thursday 25th May, 5.30pm
Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 18 Lilybank Gardens
Distinguished New Zealand novelist and essayist Damien Wilkins is making a rare visit to the UK and will be in conversation with Zoe Strachan and Louise Welsh Thursday 25th May, 5.30pm, Sir Alwyn Williams Building, 18 Lilybank Gardens
Damien Wilkins is the author of twelve books, including the novels The Miserables, which won the New Zealand Book Award for Fiction in 1994 and Nineteen Widows Under Ash, which was joint runner-up for the Deutz Prize for Fiction in the 2001 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. His novel The Fainter was runner-up for the Montana Medal for Fiction in 2007 and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. He received a Whiting Writers' Award from the Whiting Foundation, New York, in 1992, and his novels have been long-listed three times on the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
Damien Wilkins' essay-length book When Famous People Come to Town appeared in 2002. He has also published two books of stories, The Veteran Perils and for everyone concerned, and a book of poems, The Idles. His television scriptwriting includes work on Duggan and The Insiders Guide to Happiness. His first play, Drinking Games, was produced at Circa Theatre in 2008.
Damien holds an MFA from Washington University, has worked in publishing and was a founding editor of Sport. In 2005 the anthology he edited, Great Sporting Moments, won a Montana Book Award. In 2008 Damien was awarded the Katherine Mansfield Fellowship. His sixth novel, Somebody Loves Us All, was written during his time in Menton and published by Victoria University Press in 2009. Max Gate (VUP, 2013), a novel about Thomas Hardy, was a fiction finalist in the 2014 New Zealand Post Book Awards. Damien Wilkins is Director of the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, New Zealand. His latest novel, Dad Art hit the shelves in 2016.
This event is organised by Creative Writing at Glasgow University and funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh as part of the Workshop of Potential Scottish Literature
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