Simon Mawer in conversation with Dick Kempson
Saturday 31 August
Venue: Stade Hall
10.00 to 11.15
Simon discusses and compares the adaptations of his novel The Glass Room for the stage and screen. A fascinating look from the author’s perspective at two distinct interpretations of his work.
Simon Mawer was born in1948 and graduated in Zoology from Brasenose College, Oxford. He published his first novel, Chimera, at the age of forty-one, winning the McKitterick Prize for a first novel by an author over the age of forty. Mendel’s Dwarf was his fifth novel and established him as a writer of note on both sides of the Atlantic, with the New York Times describing it as a “thematically ambitious and witty novel”. The Gospel of Judas and The Fall followed. More recently, he published Swimming to Ithaca, a novel partially inspired by his childhood on the island of Cyprus. His non-fiction works include A Place in Italy (1992) and Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics, which was published in conjunction with the Field Museum of Chicago as a companion volume to the museum’s exhibition of the same name.
In 2009, Mawer published The Glass Room, a novel about a modernist villa built in a Czech city, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize the same year. His 2012 book The Girl Who Fell From the Sky was received positively on both sides of the Atlantic, described as “a professionally crafted and engaging story” and a “skillfully and intelligently executed thriller”. In 2015 he published Tightrope, a follow-on novel from The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, and winner of the 2016 Walter Scott Prize. Simon now lives primarily in Italy with his wife and two children.
is a former teacher of English, Drama, and Film Studies, and a published author of prose, poetry and drama.