World-famous author set to deliver talk at University of Sheffield

  • Internationally-renowned author of The Time Traveler’s Wife set to deliver talk at the University of Sheffield
  • Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 novel was made into a major Hollywood film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana
  • Event will see author reveal new insights into her work habits – from creative procrastination and endless coffee breaks to how she managed to overcome inertia to finish her romantic science fiction drama
  • Talk being held as part of the University’s annual Arts and Humanities Prokhorov Lecture series – open to academics, students and members of the public

The American writer Audrey Niffenegger, bestselling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, is set to visit the University of Sheffield next month (Thursday 9 May 2019) as part of a lecture series.

Audrey NiffeneggerAudrey Niffenegger, whose 2003 novel was transformed into a major Hollywood film starring Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana, is to deliver a public lecture at the University as part of its annual Prokhorov Arts and Humanities Lectures.

The event in the University’s state-of-the-art Diamond building will see the best-selling author reveal new insights into her working habits.

From creative procrastination and endless coffee breaks to some of her thoughts on the use of headphones, the event will reveal new insights into her writing habits, including how she managed to overcome inertia to finish the international bestselling love story.

A visual artist by training, Audrey Niffenegger has published several graphic novels. She also published the literary ghost story, Her Fearful Symmetry, and is currently working on a sequel to The Time Traveler’s Wife, provisionally entitled The Other Husband.

The Prokhorov Lectures are organised by the Prokhorov Centre and its Directors, Professor Henk de Berg and Professor Evgeny Dobrenko.

Professor Henk de Berg, who also teaches and conducts research in the University’s School of Languages and Cultures, said: “We are honoured to host one of today’s leading American novelists and are looking forward to hearing her views on being a writer and adapting a bestseller for the big screen.”

The University of Sheffield’s Prokhorov Centre is the UK’s leading centre for research into the intellectual and cultural histories of Central and Eastern Europe. Its lectures are delivered by world-leading scholars and public intellectuals.

Previous speakers have included: the Cambridge historian Sir Christopher Clark; the Oxford literary and cultural critic Terry Eagleton; and the London philosopher John Gray; as well as the novelists and journalists John Lanchester, author of Whoops! Capital, and The Wall; and Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk about Kevin.

The Centre’s patron is Dr Irina Prokhorova, who leads the Prokhorov Foundation, a Western-looking liberal charity based in Moscow.

The Prokhorov Centre also organises national and international conferences, workshops and exhibitions.

The Prokhorov Arts and Humanities Lecture with Audrey Niffenegger is being held on Thursday 9 May 2019 at 6pm in the University’s Diamond building. Tickets

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