The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre in association with the New Statesman presents the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2017, Nicola Barker.

The Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre in association with the New Statesman presents the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2017, Nicola Barker.

Nicola Barker reading from her winning novel, H(A)PPY, and in conversation with Dr Tim Parnell, literary director of The Goldsmiths Prize.

Imagine a perfect world where everything is known, where everything is open, where there can be no doubt, no hatred, no poverty, no greed. Imagine a System which both nurtures and protects. A Community which nourishes and sustains. An infinite world. A world without sickness, without death. A world without God. A world without fear.

Could you … might you be happy there?

H(A)PPY is a post-post-apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland, a story which tells itself and then consumes itself. It’s a place where language glows, where words buzz and sparkle and finally implode. It’s a novel which twists and writhes with all the terrifying precision of a tiny fish in an Escher lithograph – a book where the mere telling of a story is the end of certainty.

Nicola Barker was born in Ely in 1966 and spent part of her childhood in South Africa. She is the author of ten previous novels – including Wide Open, Darkmans, The Yips and In the Approaches – and two short story collections. She has been twice longlisted and once shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, has won the IMPAC, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Hawthornden Prizes, and was named one of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Writers in 2003. She lives and works in east London.

Date and Time

Wed 24 January 2018

19:00 – 22:00 GMT

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LG02, Professor Stuart Hall Building (PSH)

Goldsmiths, University of London

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About Pin-chia Feng

Pin–chia Feng is Chair Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Chiao Tung University (NCTU), Research Fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica (joint appointment) and adjunct Distinguished Chair Professor of Chung Hua University. Currently she is also the director of NCTU’s Asian American Studies Research Center. Feng was NCTU’s Provost of Academic Affairs, Chair of NCTU’s Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, President of the Comparative Literature Association of ROC (2005-2008), President of the Association of English and American Literature (2009-2011, 2014-2015), convener of foreign literature discipline of Taiwan’s National Science Council (NSC, now Ministry of Science and Technology; 2010-2013), and a recipient of the 2007, 2010, and 2013 NSC Outstanding Research Award as well as the 2015 Academic Award of the Ministry of Education. Her monograph, Diasporic Representations: Reading Chinese American Women’s Fiction, was awarded Academia Sinica’s Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2012). Feng received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994). She writes on issues of gender, race, and representation in films, graphic narratives, as well as in Asian American, African American and Afro-Caribbean literatures.