The JRR Tolkien Lecture on Fantasy Literature | Guest speaker: Marlon James

Date and time

26 Feb 2019 18:00


The Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, OX1 1DW.

Since 2013, Pembroke students have organised an annual public lecture in honour of J.R.R. Tolkien. The purpose of the lecture series is to promote speculative fiction — including, but not limited to, the fantasy genre — as literature worthy of study and scrutiny, and to advance our understanding of it by hearing from some of the most influential and talented people working in the field today.

Marlon James is author of the New York Times bestseller A Brief History of Seven Killings, The Book of Night Women, and John Crow's Devil. A Brief History of Seven Killings won the Man Booker Prize, the American Book Award and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Book of Night Women won the Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as the NAACP Image Award. Marlon James is a professor at Macalester College in St Paul. He divides his time between Minnesota and New York.

This event is free and open to all, please register for your free ticket via Eventbrite.

Please visit for more information on this annual lecture series. 

Marlon James (C) Mark Seliger
Marlon James (C) Mark Seliger