The inaugural William Golding Memorial Lecture took place at the University of Exeter on 5 March. Craig Raine (New College, Oxford) spoke on the topic 'William Golding: First and Last'. Guests-of-honour were Judy and Terrell Carver, Golding's daughter and son-in-law. The university's Vice-Chancellor, Steve Smith, hosted the event, which was organised by the Centre for South West Writing. Here in this photograph you can see Judy and Craig with yours truly in the middle.
Craig gave a wonderful talk on Golding's fiction, conveying at once the precision of its descriptions and the grand ambition of its thematic preoccupations.
The lecture will take place annually, alternating between Exeter and Tremough, our Cornwall Campus just north of Falmouth. Golding spent his final years in Perranarworthal, a hamlet on the road between Truro and Falmouth, so it is fitting that the Centenary Conference in September 2011 will be held at Tremough.