As an author who has worked in a number of different genres - memoir, fiction, poetry, drama and journalism - Blake Morrison reflects on the different challenges involved, in particular the ethical dilemma of writing about family members.
The lecture will be illustrated by readings from his work, including the novel The Executor, which comes out in March. Blake's best-known works are probably his two memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, made into a film starring Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent, and Things My Mother Never Told Me. Other works include As If, a brilliantly unsettling study of the James Bulger case, and his latest novels The Last Weekend, a haunting tale of friendship, sexual passion and jealousy, and South of the River, a novel set against the backdrop of the new Labour years.
Since 2003, Blake Morrison has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College.
Refreshments will be provided at this free event. Please register your place via the above link.
- News release: Blake Morrison to give Mary Jacobs Memorial Lecture at the University of Plymouth (1 February 2018)