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Programme

Doris Lessing 100 The Writer's Quest

 

Full conference programme to follow soon. Registration is open here

We will add new events to the programme as they are announced!

 

Conference: Key Events

 

Thursday 12th September:

 

  • An evening ‘in conversation’ with Patrick French, Doris Lessing's authorised biographer, and Professor Chris Bigsby, Lessing's friend. Those not attending the conference can book tickets here http://dorislessing100.org/registration 

 

Friday 13th September:

 

  • Nick Hubble’s Keynote: “The Ordinariness of the Extraordinary?”: The Proletarian Fantastic in Lessing’s Fiction of Social Change
  • Roberta Rubenstein’s Keynote: "Doris Lessing's Speculative Histories of Futures Past."

 

Evening: Conference pre-dinner drinks and curatorial tour of the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition at the Sainsury Centre for Visual Arts. Curators will be on hand to talk through featured exhibits. 

 

Saturday 14th September:

 

  • Plenary roundtable discussion, keynote speakers in conversation with Lara Feigel

 

Exhibition: Key Events

 

Thursday 12th September:

  • Exhibition opens after an ‘in conversation’ event with Lessing's official biographer Patrick French and the UEA's Chris Bigsby.
  • Note that a guided introduction to the exhibition for academic conference delegates will take place on Friday 13th September. 

 

Friday 13th September 

Conference pre-dinner drinks and curatorial tour of the Doris Lessing 100 exhibition at the Sainsury Centre for Visual Arts. Curators will be on hand to talk through featured exhibits. 

 

Saturday 26th October:

  • Doris Lessing 100: Women Writers in Conversation. A few days after what would have been Doris Lessing's 100th birthday, Rachel Cusk, Margaret Drabble, Lara Feigel and Emma Claire Sweeney join Dr Nonia Williams to discuss her legacy. Tickets can be booked here: http://dorislessing100.org/registration