Inaugural Lecture – Professor Ailsa Cox

1st Dec 2016, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ailsa Cox

World’s first Professor of Short Fiction: Professor Cox and Mrs Power

Writing about the landscape of her childhood, Alice Munro has said, ‘This ordinary place is sufficient, everything here is touchable and mysterious.’  In a playful exploration of identity, creative practice and the reality of fiction, Professor Cox reflects on the transformation of life into art.  What is the curious interplay between storytelling, memory, truth and lies?  How does a short story capture fragments of time, and what is lost in the telling?

Ailsa Cox is the world’s first Professor of Short Fiction and in 2006, founded the Edge Hill Prize for Short Story. Her stories have been included in magazines and anthologies, including London Magazine, The Warwick Review and The Best British Short Stories 2014; and collected as The Real Louise and Other Stories (Headland Press). Writing Short Stories, a guide for new writers, is currently in its second edition from Routledge. Ailsa the principal editor of the journal Short Fiction in Theory & Practice.

Ailsa speaks at many international conferences, in Europe, the US and Canada and is the Deputy Chair of the European Network for Short Fiction Research.

Thursday 1st December, 6.00pm in The Arts Centre

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