Books in the Making

An interdisciplinary symposium • 14 – 15 April 2016

This interdisciplinary symposium seeks to expand and enrich our understanding of contemporary literary production. Moving beyond the traditional triumvirate of author, reader and text, we situate today’s fiction within a wider field, encompassing literary agents, editors, book reviewers, writing teachers, prize judges, festival organizers, and more.

Participants include:

  • James English (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Stephen Burn (Glasgow University)
  • Stefan Collini (University of Cambridge)
  • Antonia Hodgson (Little Brown UK)
  • Rachel Calder (Sayle Literary Agency)
  • Claire Squires (University of Stirling)
  • Ben Markovits (Royal Holloway, London)

The symposium will open on 14 April with a public event in Lady Mitchell Hall, organised in conjunction with the Cambridge Literary Festival, featuring the best-selling American crime writer Lee Child in conversation with Andy Martin.


Supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH); the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Cambridge; and in collaboration with the Cambridge Literary Festival.

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