Pulitzer prize-winner enchants Brookes

Monday, 27 September 2010

Marilynne Robinson, one of the world's greatest living writers, spoke about her craft at Oxford Brookes.

Marilynne Robinson, one of the world's greatest living authors, spoke about her craft during a talk at Oxford Brookes.

The American author won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel Gilead in 2005 and read from both that and another work, Housekeeping.

Oxford Brookes Vice Chancellor Professor Janet Beer welcomed Marilynne who quickly enthralled the audience with her warmth, particularly when she discussed how romance and childhood experiences influence her books. Lilac bushes, snow women and dripping trees provided just a few evocative descriptions of her memories.

After having read from her two works, the floor was opened to questions. His Dark Materials author Phillip Pullman asked if the 'I' in fiction and non-fiction works was constructed from the same viewpoint.

Marilynne's fictional works are full of the romance and sorrow of the everyday, and the international audience agreed that to hear her discuss and read from them was a unique experience.

In conjunction with Blackwell bookshop, Marilynne then signed her novels for fans.

Marilynne Robinson is pictured (left) with Vice Chancellor Professor Janet Beer.