Book now: Girton College’s 57th Founders’ Memorial Lecture – Friday 16 February

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We are pleased to announce Hisham Matar, a Libyan Author who was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in ‘Biography or Autobiography’ for his recent memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in between will be speaking at Girton College’s 57th Founders’ Memorial Lecture on Friday 16 February 2018, about his Life and Work.

Academics, students and the wider public audience are invited to Girton College for what promises to be a stimulating evening. The event is free but with limited spaces available, please reserve your place before attending.

RSVP by email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or, tel.: 01223 (3)38951

Doors open at 5:45pm for 6:00pm

Location: Stanley Library, Girton College

Hisham Matar is a Libyan Author, born in New York City, brought up in Tripoli and Cairo, and has spent most of his life in England, now residing in both Britain and America. He was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in ‘Biography or Autobiography’ for a memoir The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between.

His two novels also embrace the political and personal dimensions of repression, abduction and exile. The first, In The Country of Men, set in Tripoli in 1979, was short-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize. The second, The Anatomy of a Disappearance, partly written as a Visiting Fellow at Girton, was one of the best books of 2011 for The Independent, Chicago Tribune and many others.

An astute political commentator on Libyan affairs, a disarming interpreter of love and loss, The Guardian’s Rachel Cooke[1] observes: ‘Matar has a reserve that only makes his way with intimacy all the more moving’. Her colleague, Lisa Appignanesi[2], describes Hisham as a ‘brilliant observer of the inner world’ [who] ‘writes about the intricacies of love in the family like no-one else’.

The Founders’ Memorial Lecture, established in 1928, celebrates the values that underpinned the Foundation of Girton College: equality and inclusion, excellence in diversity, radical thinking and an ethic of care.

Published: 10 January 2018