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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Lauren Owen and Dan Vyleta: Masters of the Macabre

11th October 2014, 15:00 to 16:00, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery), Lauren Owen, Dan Vyleta, Simon James

A Durham Book Festival event, featuring two of the Department's creative writers.

This event celebrates two highly acclaimed authors, whose work has made a big splash over the last year. Lauren Owen’s gothic novel, The Quick, is set in Victorian England in the world of the mysterious Aegolius Club. Lauded by Hilary Mantel and Kate Atkinson, The Quick combines romance, adventure and horror.

Dan Vyleta’s thriller, The Crooked Maid, is set in Vienna in 1948, and was described by The Independent as ‘a thrilling tale of war crimes, family secrets, murder and blackmail’.

Chaired by Professor Simon James

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