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Archive Fever or, How Not to Write a Novel : An Illustrated Guide - by Trinity Long Room Hub

What is the relationship between the world of literature and the world in which we live? How do books and texts determine and form that relationship? What is the past - and the future - of the book? What are the boundaries of genre and historical fiction? What is the function of criticism? What does it mean to be a critic as well as a writer? And what is the role of the public intellectual?


The second event in The Constellations Series this Thursday, 1 December at 18:30, in the Trinity Long Room Hub. The featured practitioner is: 
Dr Ian Sansom, Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
Archive Fever
or, How Not to Write a Novel: An Illustrated Guide

Ian Sansom is a novelist, critic and broadcaster. He is the recently appointed Director of the Oscar Wilde Centre. He has published thirteen works of fiction and non-fiction, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His most recent book was Westmorland Alone (HarperCollins, 2016), book four in a projected 44-book series set in the historic counties of England. His next book is Essex Poison (HarperCollins, 2017), and he is currently working on a book about the poet W.H. Auden. A former columnist for the Guardian, he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, the Spectator and the New Statesman. He is also a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4. A former Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, he was the BBC/Louis MacNeice writer-in-residence at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, Belfast, and was until recently the Director of the Warwick Writing Programme at the University of Warwick.

Ian Sansom will open by reading some of his current work. He will then present some images and archival material from his writing process. Following the presentation there will be a discussion chaired by Dr Nicholas Johnson, the Convenor of the Creative Arts Practice Research Theme, about the relationship between research and creative practice and the use of archives and archive material. A wine reception will follow.

Booking is free. Please register at