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The Art of Parodies

LSE Literary Festival event

F.R. Leavis thought parody demeaned the writer being parodied. Condemned by some as a parasite on literature, with fan fiction perhaps its most reviled form - seen as crass,
sycophantic and anti-original. At its best, however, parody is humourous, illuminating and a powerful form of literary criticism. Join our panel to discuss the highs and lows of parody.

Ewan Morrison is author of Close Your Eyes, Menage, Distance and Swung,the short story collection The Last Book you Read, as well as the mixed format book Tales from the Mall. As a cultural commentator he writes regularly for The Guardian. Ewan was the recipient of a Scottish Arts Council Writers Award 2005 and 2008, was a nominee for the ARENA magazine O2 Entrepreneur Award 2006, and was awarded a VARUNA writers residency in Australia as part of UNESCO's City of Literature 2006, where he appeared at the Sydney Writers Festival and on ABC Radio.

Martin Rowson is a multi-award winning cartoonist and writer whose work appears regularly in the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, Daily Mirror and many other publications. His previous books include graphic adaptations of The Waste Land and The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, as well as a memoir about his late parents, Stuff, which was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2007. He was appointed Cartoon Laureate by former London mayor Ken Livingstone in 2001 in return for one pint of London Pride per annum (still six years in arrears) and is a former vice-president of the Zoological Society of London. His latest book is an adapted and updated version of Gulliver’s Travels set in the Blair years.

D J Taylor is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Thackerary (1999), and Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread Biography Prize in 2003. He has written nine novels, the most recent being Secondhand Daylight (2012), Derby Day (2011), At the Chime of a City Clock (2010), Ask Alice (2009) and Kept: A Victorian Mystery (2006). David is also well known as a critic and reviewer, and his other books include What You Didn't Miss Part 94, a compilation of literary spoofs as featured in Private Eye.

John Crace is a feature writer for The Guardian, author of Brideshead Abbreviated and The Digested Read.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival|, taking place from Tuesday 25 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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Date and Time:

1 March 2013 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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London School of Economics & Political Science
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