31 January – A Talk by World’s first Professor of Short Fiction: Professor Ailsa Cox.

31st January, 2-4pm Baxter 1.36, Tower Building
The session will be chaired by Professor Kirsty Gunn.

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? Professor Cox is both a critic and fiction writer. Her stories have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, e.g. The Virago Book of Love and Loss (ed. Hammick, Virago, 1992); Stand One (ed. Blackburn, Silkin and Tracey, Gollancz 1984); Writing Women, London Magazine (April/May 2001), Manchester Stories 3 (Comma Press), New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing Vol. 2:7 and Paraxis 3 (2012), The Warwick Review Vol. VI No. 1 (2012), and Best British Short Stories 2014 (ed. Royle, Salt 2014).
All are welcome – just drop in!