The Eccles British Library Writer's Award Festival

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A mini literary festival celebrating the achievements of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award

We hope to be joined by all 12 of the holders of the Eccles British Library Writer's Award for a one-night mini literary festival celebrating their work and reflecting on their engagement with the Library's collections. The authors will be in discussion with Philippa Thomas (BBC World). The event will be divided into two parts: the first reflecting on Culture, Science and American contexts with Bob Stanley; Will Atkins; Olivia Laing; Erica Wagner; Andrea Wulf and Sheila Rowbotham. The second will consider Literary explorations of America with Hannah Kohler; Alison MacLeod; Sarah Churchwell; Ben Markovits; John Burnside and Naomi Wood.

The award (formerly Writer in Residence) of £20,000 is presented annually to two authors whose writing projects depend substantially on materials in the British Library’s collection relating to North America. There have been 12 winners of the award, six of whom will have published their volumes by the end of 2017: Naomi Wood, Mrs Hemingway; Andrea Wulf, The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World; Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone; Sheila Rowbotham, Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States; John Burnside, Ashland and Vine; and Erica Wagner, Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge. Six other books are underway by Benjamin Markovits, Sarah Churchwell, Alison MacLeod, Will Atkins, Hannah Kohler and Bob Stanley. 

The evening will also launch the publication of a set of portraits of the authors made by Eccles Photography Fellow, Alexander McIntyre.

The event will include a book sale, signing and wine reception.

Sponsored by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library.


Name: The Eccles British Library Writer's Award Festival
Where: Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £12.00
Member: £8.00
Senior 60+: £10.00
Student: £8.00
Registered Unemployed: £8.00
Under 18: £8.00
Friend of the BL: £8.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546