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Literary Legend Agenda Successors Arrive Capital

Tuesday, 03 February 2009

The influence of an Edinburgh literary legend on contemporary fantasy fiction will top the agenda when two of the genre's leading lights arrive in the city this month.

Arthur Conan Doyle's groundbreaking The Lost World will be the focus of a discussion between fantasy and science fiction authors China Mièville and Adam Roberts, and a specialist academic, Dr Roger Luckhurst.

Napier University's Centre for Literature and Writing (CLAW) is sponsoring their appearance at the Unesco Edinburgh City of Literature One Book/One Edinburgh month-long reading event in the city.

Dr Linda Dryden, Reader in Literature and Culture at Napier, said: "China has a massive following and I'm sure his visit will cause quite a stir. Adam is also a significant talent and the pair will no doubt be a huge draw for fans of fantasy and science fiction."

China Mièville is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Warwick University and has written several novels since his 1998 début, King Rat. He won the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 2001 and 2005, and in 2003 he won the British Fantasy Award for The Scar. Adam Roberts is a professor of nineteenth-century literature at Royal Holloway University and a science fiction author, whose most recent novel, Swiftly, is receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Dr Dryden added: "The event will give people the opportunity to hear contemporary creative writers of fantasy fiction talking about one of Edinburgh's most famous authors and how he helped to transform the genre more generally.

Together with Glasgow, Bristol and other regions of England, Conan Doyle's fantasy masterpiece, a tale of dinosaurs and exploration, will be at the centre of a number of events which will also pay homage to the work of Charles Darwin, in the year which celebrates the bicentenary of his birth. It is hoped that the combined events will touch a wide audience, from the classroom to public libraries.

Dr Dryden said: "Last year's celebration of Jekyll and Hyde was a huge success so I am hopeful that, as well as offering an unmissable opportunity for fans, we will also be helping to bring literature to a new audience. For budding writers who come along there will also be information available on our new Creative Writing MA programme, which will have its own inaugural intake in September."

The 'Fictional Worlds' Conan Doyle discussion at Napier University will be chaired by Scotland on Sunday's literary editor Stuart Kelly and takes place on February 28 at St Augustine's Church.

For more information on the One Book/One Edinburgh 2009 event, log on to www.cityofliterature.com  




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