Book club freshers joined by the author
12 October 2010
Imperial freshers are taking part in a mass book club this week, joined by a top author who is on hand to share his experiences of writing. In advance of starting at Imperial students from six departments received copies of the Man Booker prize shortlisted novel The Glass Room by Simon Mawer and an invitation to attend a discussion with the author.
At the first discussion event on Monday evening Simon gave an overview of his approach to writing and discussed the inspiration and background behind The Glass Room, taking questions from the student audience.
Welcoming Simon and the Chair of the Booker Prize Foundation Jonathan Taylor CBE, Professor Julia Buckingham, Pro Rector (Education and Academic Services) said:
“While we focus on science here at Imperial, bringing the arts and sciences closer together is something very close to the College’s heart and it is a point of pride for us that we encourage our students to explore and develop their artistic side during their time here. With that in mind I’m very pleased Imperial has been able to take part in the Booker Prize Foundation initiative and delighted that Simon Mawer is able to meet with student participants here this week.”
The events are part of the Man Booker student readership programme, involving 18,000 students across five UK universities as well as those taking part in a similar scheme at Georgetown University in Washington. It aims to engage student readers with the best of contemporary fiction.
The Glass Room, which is to be made into a film, focuses on an architectural masterpiece of a house in a Czech town and its inhabitants from the 1930s onwards. One of the students who took part in the reading, Nia John from the Department of Physics, said she was surprised to hear about the initiative in the run-up to joining the College.
“It’s great but quite weird and unexpected at first. I was expecting timetables or something through the post, not a novel. I never thought about reading the sort of book that’s shortlisted for this kind of award. I thought I’d find it unintelligible, but I ended up really enjoying it and would definitely read more books like it in the future.”
Simon Mawer will be taking part in a second discussion at Imperial’s South Kensington Campus on Wednesday from 17.00 until 19.00 in the Clore Lecture Theatre in Huxley Building. For more information on attending contact firstname.lastname@example.org but registration is not required.
— John-Paul Jones, Communications and Development