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Helen Dunmore
Event 10
Saturday October 13th, 3.00pm 
Little Missenden Village Hall

A major novelist and poet

This is an archived event from the 2012 programme.

The Festival is delighted to welcome Helen Dunmore, whose novels and poetry have won many awards, including the inaugural Orange Prize for Fiction for A Spell of Winter. She was shortlisted again for The Siege; The Betrayal was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for The Orwell Prize; and her latest poetry collection, The Malarkey, won the 2010 National Poetry Competition.

“Helen Dunmore's latest poems have a near spartan economy that makes them all the more moving” (Kate Kellaway, Observer)

Her work has been called “simply beautiful and moving beyond words” (Daily Telegraph) and her writing “sensuous, physical and almost synaesthetic” (The Independent). 

Her latest novel is The Greatcoat, “not a new departure but a development of familiar strengths: drawing us into a compelling fictional world, populated by characters who live and love with vivid self-awareness” (The Guardian). She writes, “We are creatures of story”, and this event promises a privileged insight into a creative, fertile and supremely skilled writer’s world.

Helen Dunmore is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and holds honorary doctorates from The Universities of Glamorgan and Exeter. “The human longing for story,” she writes, “is so powerful, so primitive, that it seems like something not learned, but locked into our genes”. It is this concern for story as well as language that sets Helen Dunmore apart as a writer of compelling virtuosity. She has won many literary prizes – apart from those listed above these include the Poetry Society Book Choice, the Cardiff International Poetry Prize, the Alice Hunt Bartlett Award, the Signal Poetry Award, and a shortlisting for the T S Eliot Prize.