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Lecturer to INSPIRE Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

Released: 24.02.15

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Creative Writing and English Writing Programme Leader wins prestigious public lecture competition.

Dr Hayden Gabriel has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Inspire Public Lecture Competition.

Her paper, 'Animal Lives, Binary Opposition, and Barbara Kingsolver’s 'Prodigal Summer'’, has been selected by academics from the University of Sheffield, the University of Wales and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE-UKI), who were “unanimous in their decision”.

Dr Adeline Johns-Putra said: "ASLE-UKI are pleased once more to support the annual Hay Festival Lecture on Literature and Sustainability. We're especially delighted to provide a platform for Hayden's eloquent and intelligent analysis of literary representations of human-animal relationships and the way these might inspire and influence sustainable thinking."

The competition run by The Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) judging panel invited submissions that explore how literature in any of its forms, responds to and is shaped by our contact with other creatures in debates around sustainability. 

The winning lecture will be delivered at the 2015 Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts (Hay-on-Wye, 21 May - 31 May 2015).

This will be followed by a public discussion between Dr Gabriel and Jane Davidson, Director of INSPIRE, and former Welsh Government Minister for Sustainability.

A novelist, academic, and qualified teacher, Dr Gabriel’s practice-led research focuses on representations of nature, exploration of 'ecocentric' fiction and the application and development of theoretical frameworks that can be applied to such fiction.

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