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Ian Rankin Seminar Series

Ian Rankin will be at UEA for the autumn semester, as UEA/UNESCO Visiting Professor, within LDC. For PGT and PGR students he will be delivering a series of three seminars followed by a series of three ‘workshops’, where a collaborative crime story will be created (this will then form the basis for a university-wide venture to be ‘staged’ during Do Something Different Week (February 2017). Due to very high demand students are being asked to commit to all six seminars (these are open to HUM PGR students). Ian’s first three seminars are themed, as below, with suggested (though not obligatory) reading. Also detailed below are the specific dates and times – all Thursdays, all 10am-noon, all in the Max Sebald PGR seminar room (Arts 01.06), except the last which is in the new Enterprise Centre (TEC 1.06).


Seminar 1 – Sense of Place (Thursday 13 Oct, 10am-noon)

Suggested reading: The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

Roseanna by Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowall

The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester


Seminar 2 – Influential Texts (Thursday 27 Oct, 10am-noon)

Suggested reading: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy

The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark


Seminar 3 – Character (Thursday 10 Nov, 10am-noon)

Suggested reading: The Hollow Man by Oliver Harris

The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


Seminar 4 –Creative exercise (Thursday 17 Nov, 10am-noon)


Seminar 5 – Creative exercise (Thursday 24 Nov, 10am-noon)


Seminar 6 – Creative exercise (Thursday 1 Dec, 10am-noon)


Ian Rankin will also be available for individual appointments during his ‘office hours’. To book a slot please contact

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