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Our confirmed keynotes are:


Patrick French (Lessing’s official biographer) in conversation with Professor Christopher Bigsby (UEA)

Patrick French was born in England in 1966 and studied literature at Edinburgh University. He is the author of Younghusband; Liberty or Death; Tibet, Tibet; and The World Is What It Is, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hawthornden Prize. French is the winner of the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, the Royal Society of Literature Heinemann Prize, and the Somerset Maugham Award. French is the official biographer of Doris Lessing.


Dr. Nick Hubble (Brunel University)

Nick Hubble is Reader in English at Brunel University London, UK, and is the author of the monographs, Mass-Observation and Everyday Life: Culture, History, Theory (Palgrave, 2006) and The Proletarian Answer to the Modernist Question (EUP, 2017). As a series editor of Bloomsbury’s ‘British Fiction: The Decades Series’, Nick has co-edited five volumes on The 1970s (2014), The 1990s (2015), The 2000s (2015), The 1950s (2018) and The 1930s (forthcoming). Another co-edited collection, Working-Class Writing: Theory and Practice, is due out with Palgrave at the end of this year. Nick is currently writing a new monograph, The Science Fiction Futures of Modernism: From Virginia Woolf to the Feminist Speculative Fiction of the Twenty-First Century.


Professor Roberta Rubenstein (American University, Washington)

Roberta Rubenstein is Professor of Literature at American University in Washington, D.C. Her scholarship on Doris Lessing spans her scholarly career, beginning with her first book, The Novelistic Vision of Doris Lessing: Breaking the Forms of Consciousness, published in 1979. Her most recent book, Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. She also co-edited, with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer, The Golden Notebook After Fifty, a collection of essays on Lessing’s landmark novel (2015), and is the author of more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters on Lessing’s work. Her publications also include three other studies of women writers: Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction (1987); Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning in Women’s Fiction (2001); and Virginia Woolf and the Russian Point of View (2009). She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Doris Lessing Studies.