Margaret Drabble | A Life in Writing with Alex Clark

Sun 21 Apr 2024 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Margaret Drabble
Margaret Drabble - The Needle's Eye
millstone drabble
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a summer bird cage drabble
Alex Clark

One of our greatest living authors Dame Margaret Drabble returns to Cambridge for a retrospective on her extraordinary career. As novelist, biographer, and critic, Drabble has been firmly at the heart of the literary world for decades. Come and delight in hearing tales from her remarkable life in writing. 

In conversation with Alex Clark. 

Venue: TTP Stage (Cambridge Union)

Duration: 1 hour

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Margaret Drabble is a novelist, biographer and critic. Born in Sheffield, she read English at Newnham College, Cambridge. She became an actress and worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon before her first novel, A Summer Birdcage, was published in 1963. Her many other novels include The Garrick Year (1964); The Millstone (1965), winner of the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; and Jerusalem the Golden (1967), winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Her most recent novel is The Sea Lady (2006).  

Drabble is also the author of biographies of Arnold Bennett (1974) and Angus Wilson (1995) and is editor of both the fifth (1985) and sixth (2000) editions of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. She is a former Chairman of the National Book League (1980-82), and was awarded the CBE in 1980. She received the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1973, and holds honorary doctorates from the universities of Sheffield (1976), Manchester (1987), Keele (1988), Bradford (1988), Hull (1992), East Anglia (1994) and York (1995). 

Her latest books are the memoir, The Pattern in the Carpet (2009), in which she looks at her own life, the history of games and the delights of puzzling and A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman (2011), a collection of short stories. 

Chair Biography

Alex Clark is a broadcaster and journalist, who writes for many publications including the Guardian, the Observer, and the Times Literary Supplement. She is a co-host on the Graham Norton Book Club for Audible and hosts the TLS podcast. She is a professional chairperson and appears all over the UK at Cheltenham, Hay and the Southbank Centre. Alex is a festival honorary patron.