Monday, 11 January 2010

Golding Memorial Lecture by John Carey

John Carey will be giving the 2010 William Golding Memorial Lecture at the Cornwall Campus of the University of Exeter, Lecture Theatre A, on 26 January at 6pm. His title is 'Bill and Mollie: An Unwritten Episode'. All are welcome. Members of the public are invited to register their interest at

John Carey is Merton Professor Emeritus at Oxford University. A distinguished critic and reviewer, he has twice chaired the Booker Prize judging panel. His most recent book, William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies, is the first biography of the author, and draws almost entirely on materials never before made public.

Born in Cornwall in 1911, William Golding is the county’s most distinguished author. His first novel, Lord of the Flies, was an immediate success. He went on to write twelve more novels, including the Booker Prize-winning Rites of Passage. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983 and was knighted in 1988. He died at his home in Perranarworthal, near Truro, in 1993.