Professor Jane Rodgers, Sheffield Hallam University
The Writer as Time-traveller
Jane has set her fiction in the past and the future, as well as in the present. Promised Lands (set in Australia in 1788) won the 1996 Writers’ Guild Best Novel award; in 2012 The Testament of Jessie Lamb (set in the future) won the Arthur C Clarke award. Jane’s talk will explore the reasons for setting fiction in other time periods, and consider what the writer might gain from doing this. She’ll also point out the pitfalls awaiting the time-travelling writer! And along the way she’ll consider the thorny question of genre. Historical fiction, science fiction, literary fiction; if you’re writing any of these, this talk is for you.