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Novelist talks memoirs and reality TV

A leading feminist novelist, poet and broadcaster will give an annual lecture at the University of Aberdeen this week.

Michele Roberts, a former Booker Prize judge and regular on Radio 4, will deliver the annual Centre for the Novel public lecture on Wednesday (March 21) at 5.15pm.

At a time when everyone from glamour models to government ministers are intent on publishing their memoirs, and reality TV remains king of the schedules, Michele will talk about how the novelist's imagination is affected.

She is the author of twelve highly praised novels including the acclaimed Daughters of the House (1992), which won the WH Smith Literary Award and was short listed for the Booker Prize. Her most recent novels are the The Misterclass (2003) and Reader, I Married Him (2005). Currently the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, she has also published short stories, poetry and essays and is a regular book reviewer and contributor to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

Janet Todd, Director of the Centre for the Novel, said it was "wonderful" to have a writer of such stature visiting the University.

"Her novels engage critically, often playfully, with issues relevant to women and to literary scholars," said Professor Todd.

 "She has also taken a leading role in the feminist revision of history, literary criticism and myth which has been so important in women's fiction in the last 30 years.

"Her novels are never dry and simply theoretical: they provoke thought and convey the excitement of ideas while never losing hold of the sensuous detail of lived experience."

The lecture will take place at 5.15pm in the Linklater Rooms, King's College, University of Aberdeen. A wine reception will follow and all are welcome.

To reserve your free place at this event please contact Penny Taylor in the School of Language and Literature on 01224 273575 or email

The Centre for The Novel at the University of Aberdeen has been created to promote the study of novels, novelists, and novelistic traditions, and the investigation of narrative theory and practice. For more information visit:


Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Tuesday 20th of March 2007

Ref: 3092NOVEL

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