Bestselling novelist, screenwriter and children’s author Anthony Horowitz visits Royal Holloway to talk about fiction and his writing career with the purpureus Writers, PhD students in Creative Writing. We will be very happy if you join us, as well as the discussion!
Time: Wednesday the 29th of May, 6.30pm
Place: the Dining Room, first floor at 2 Gower Street, London WC1E 6DP (corner of Gower St and Montague Pl).
Entry is of course free, however if you would like to reserve a seat please write to email@example.com.
About Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media. Anthony is a born polymath; juggling writing books, TV series, films, plays and journalism.
Anthony has written over 35 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which he adapted into a movie that was released worldwide in 2006. The Alex Rider series is estimated to have sold 13 million copies worldwide. Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults and was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate and Orion Books to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel. The House of Silk was published in November 2011 and was internationally lauded as the top title of the autumn. Anthony’s latest novel, Oblivion, was published in October 2012.
Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, producing the first seven episodes (and the title) of Midsomer Murders. He is the writer and creator of award winning drama series Foyle’s War, which was the Winner of the Lew Grade Audience award for BAFTA. DCS Foyle was voted the nation’s favourite detective in 2011. Anthony has also written other original complex dramas for ITV, particularly thrillers. Collision, a major five part “state of the nation” piece was transmitted on ITV1 in November 2009 to seven million viewers a night. Legal thriller Injustice – created and written by Anthony for ITV1 – transmitted in June 2011, to widespread acclaim. Anthony has just completed writing a new series of Foyle’s War in which Foyle enters the world of Intelligence and the Cold War – the series was filmed in September 2012 and broadcasted in Spring 2013.
His stage thriller, Mindgame, premiered off Broadway in 2011. Anthony is currently working with Stephen Spielberg and Peter Jackson writing the sequel to the Tintin film and is also working on a screenplay for Warner Brothers.
Anthony regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines on subjects ranging from politics to education. He has been a patron to East Anglia Children’s Hospices and the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape, since 2008.
About the purpureus Writers
Demonstrating a diverse range of interests from historical fiction to sci-fi, the purpureus Writers are a new prose group of PhD students in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Apart from workshops dedicated to discussing fiction, the group organizes events featuring visiting authors. Its current members are: Susan Gray, Ishita Mandrekar, Aamir Mehar, Dimitris Melicertes, Preti Taneja, Emma Venables and Eley Williams.
The group’s name came up during a debate on the definition of ‘purpureus’, which in Latin apart from the colour purple signifies the brilliant, shining and beautiful. Yet its use by Roman poet Horace led the term to acquire the negative connotation of ‘purple patches’ in prose. The apparent obscurity of the word seemed fitting for the group since its journey and one of its main purposes is to explore fiction and attempt to discover which parts of it are brilliant and which are, well, purple.