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Eimear McBride: Why the Novel Matters
Eimear McBride is the author of two novels: The Lesser Bohemians (winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, shortlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award) and A Girl is a Half-formed Thing (winner of the Women’s Prize, Goldsmiths Prize, Irish Novel of the Year and others). In 2017/2018 she was the inaugural Creative Fellow at the Beckett Research Centre, University of Reading. The resultant short plays, Mouthpieces, were recorded and broadcast by RTE Radio. A recent TLS survey of the best British and Irish contemporary writers placed her in the top 10. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. Her lecture is the fourth in an annual series in which leading authors offer personal manifestos on why the novel matters.
The evening will conclude with the announcement of the shortlist for the 2019 Goldsmiths Prize.
The Goldsmiths Prize was co-founded with the New Statesman in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the University and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterises the genre at its best.