University of Leicester eBulletin

Meeting of Minds

May 2003
No 132

Leicester academic interviews international novelist

A University of Leicester academic is to interview the world renowned novelist Margaret Atwood in a public event at the Broadway Centre in Nottingham.

Dr Martin Halliwell, Senior Lecturer in the University’s Department of English and the Centre for American Studies, will be discussing Margaret Atwood’s new book, Oryx and Crake with the author on Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at 7 pm.  

The Canadian author is one of the most well-known and respected writers in the world, receiving literary awards from numerous countries. Atwood won the Booker Prize in 2000 for her tenth novel, The Blind Assassin, while three others have been on Booker shortlists: The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye and Alias Grace. She is the author of more than thirty internationally acclaimed works of fiction, poetry and critical essays, many of which have been translated into other languages. Her latest futuristic novel, Oryx and Crake, explores the relationship between genetic technology and social inequality in what The Seattle Times describes as ‘a shuddering post-apocalyptic vision of the world’.

Dr Halliwell is no stranger to Broadway. He has presented films, workshops and adult education events there over the last five years, most recently an introduction to the film The Hours in April this year, and has been involved with the Centre through the regional media agency, Viewfinder, which organises film education events in the East Midlands.

His discussion with Margaret Atwood has been jointly organised by Waterstones Bookshop and Broadway. 

Tickets cost £3 and are available from Broadway Box Office, 14-18 Broad Street, Nottingham, NH1 3AL, telephone 0115 952 6611.  

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Dr Martin Halliwell, University of Leicester Department of English, tel 0116 252 2645, email, or from Caroline Hennigan, Film Programmer, Broadway, tel 0115 952 6600, email

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