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500 Years of Corpus Christi:  How Not to Win the Booker Prize

Thursday 30 March 2017

1 Hour


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Two-time judge of the Booker Prize for fiction Professor Valentine Cunningham tells the inside story of the prize every novelist most wants to win.
Cunningham tells you everything you need to know about the prize, and about winning and not winning it. He has tips and warnings galore about winning well, winning not very well, and winning plain badly. Necessary knowledge mongered, and unnecessary anxieties allayed – including the panicky thought that you should get an American passport now that the prize has been opened to the USA.

Cunningham is emeritus fellow and lecturer in English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and a former vice-president of the college. He was on the panel of judges for the 1992 (joint winners The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth) and 1998 (Amsterdam by Ian McEwan) Booker awards.

This event is presented by Corpus Christi College as part of its 500th anniversary celebrations.