Northern Voices - In conversation with Emma Jane Unsworth

5:30pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday 24th March 2020
Type: Lecture / Category: Department / Series: Open House 2020
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Join us for a special event with Emma Jane Unsworth (BA Hons English Language and Literature 2000), a proud University of Liverpool alumna and award-winning novelist and screenwriter, who will discuss her new novel Adults. We're delighted to welcome Emma back to the Liverpool campus, in conversation with her university classmate Helen Walsh (BA Hons 2000), award winning novelist and film director, along with Dr Daniel O’Connor from the Department of English.

Emma’s critically-acclaimed novel, Animals, won the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize in 2015 and has been adapted into a film for which Unsworth wrote the screenplay, achieving the award for Best Debut Screenwriter at the British Independent Film Awards 2019. Her new novel, Adults, is a deliciously candid and gloriously heartfelt story about friendship and family, and learning how to fall back in love with life. Published in February 2020, Adults has reached number six in the Sunday Times Bestseller list.

Helen, studied alongside Emma at University and her novels include Brass, which won a Betty Trask Award, and Once Upon a Time in England, which won a Somerset Maugham Award.

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Emma will also be signing books after the event and copies of Adults will be on sale during the evening.

The Northern Voices Lecture Series brings together academics and writers to offer new and alternative visions of life and culture in the North of England. For information about upcoming talks, email Alex Broadhead at