Blackwell and Brookes welcome award-winning writer/producer for Creative Writing Lecture 2011 - images now available

Monday, 19 September 2011


Oxford Brookes University and Blackwell will be hosting the annual Creative Writing Lecture on Thursday 22 September 2011 (6pm to 7pm).

Oxford Brookes University and Blackwell will be hosting the annual Creative Writing Lecture on Thursday 22 September 2011 (6pm to 7pm).

The university is delighted to be inviting the writer and producer Daisy Goodwin to deliver this year's lecture entitled It's Never Too Late. Daisy will be drawing on her diverse career to provide a thought-provoking insight into the key aspects of the creative writing process.

Daisy Goodwin has forged a highly-successful career as a television producer, writer and founder of Silver River Productions. Daisy's achievements have included devising many highly successful shows as Arts Producer at the BBC, and pioneering a number of BAFTA nominated shows such as The Apprentice, House Doctor, Jamie's Kitchen and Grand Designs.

In addition, Daisy is an editor of numerous poetry anthologies and columnist for the Sunday Times. She has also written a family biography and last year published her first novel, My Last Duchess, which has sold over 100,000 copies.

Speaking ahead of the event, Daisy Goodwin said: 'I am thrilled to be giving this lecture. I started writing in my forties, which is why I have called my lecture It's Never Too Late. I had always wanted to write but it wasn't until I realised that writing is as much about stamina as it is about inspiration that I was finally able to sit down and do it. I want to talk about the creative process and how to overcome the fear of failure. As Winston Churchill said, 'Don't let the great stand in the way of the good'."

Dr Simon Kovesi, Head of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes, said: 'These annual lectures are an excellent opportunity to listen to views of leading lights on the process, challenges and rewards involved in Creative Writing. We are pleased to be welcoming Dasiy Goodwin as this year's speaker and I look forward to listening to her views which will provide a fascinating insight for those attending. There will be an opportunity for attendees to have their questions answered following the lecture and I am sure Daisy will spark a lively and interesting debate.

Previous speakers at the Creative Writing Lectures include the novelists Howard Jacobson and Marilynne Robinson. The annual lecture is held in association with Oxford Brookes MA in Creative Writing. Oxford Brookes' Department of English and Modern Languages has a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research.

There is limited availability left for the lecture which is open to the public and will be held at the Main Lecture Theatre on Oxford Brookes' Gipsy Lane site. The event is free to attend, but it is important that delegates book their place in advance.

*** Photos from the lecture are now available from Oxford Brookes' Flickr account ***