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Five years of The Foundation at Universities

Five years of The Foundation at Universities

For five years the Booker Prize Foundation has brought the finest in fiction straight to students.  Since 2009 the Foundation’s university initiative has worked with UK universities to help first year students engage with the best in contemporary literary fiction.

Students from all disciplines are given a copy of a Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel to read and discuss followed by a visit from the author who will then speak to the students. 

In this fifth year the Foundation returned to St. Andrews as Julian Barnes talked to students about The Sense of an Ending. Kazuo Ishiguro went to Sheffield University to talk about Never Let Me Go, Jim Crace spoke about his 2014 shortlisted Harvest at Brighton University and Stephen Kelman went to Bristol University to discuss his Pigeon English.

The initiative continues to be great success with students turning out in droves to speak to the authors.  In December, Tan Twan Eng will appear at Newcastle University to talk about The Garden of Evening Mists and Hilary Mantel will be at Birkbeck University to discuss, the first in her winning pair, Wolf Hall. The final appearance in this year’s initiative will see Sarah Waters on her shortlisted Little Stranger at Stirling University.

Watch Jim Crace’s visit to Brighton University earlier this year:

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