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Writers on writing

9 May 2005

UCL's Department of English will be swarming with a host of literary stars on 17 June 2005 for its annual alumni event.

Susie Boyt

'Writers on Writing' will be the second event of a new project, the Department of English Alumnus Programme. Department Head Professor Henry Woudhuysen commented: "The programme has a number of aims. First of all, it will continue our wish to have a special annual event involving discussion of English-related topics, followed by a social gathering to give us all a chance to meet fellow alumni and friends."

This year's event will include a panel discussion, involving internationally renowned linguist Lord Quirk, Professor David Crystal, one the world's foremost experts on the subject of language, and acclaimed authors Dan Jacobson, Amit Chaudhuri and Susie Boyt, all of whom are alumni or former staff members of UCL's English Department. They will talk about what it means to be a writer, how their own writing skills have developed, and the various sources of inspiration that have played key roles in their work.

The programme follows on the event last year to mark the retirement of Professor John Sutherland. Professor Woudhuysen said: "It was the pleasure of seeing so many familiar faces and reviving so many old friendships that inspired our resolve to foster a community amongst UCL English Department alumni. Such a community will give us all more opportunities to keep our interest in the subject alive and to broaden that interest through links with each other and with current staff, including the Visiting Fellows and Writers-in-Residence."

Former English Department students and current UCL staff and students are welcome to attend the event.

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