Category: Authors

Today, December 11, 2018, birthday of Miranda France, UK author

Miranda France

From Royal Literary Fund:

Miranda France’s writing encompasses fiction, non-fiction and reportage; she also translates from Spanish. Her first book was commissioned after she won the Shiva Naipaul award for travel writing in The Spectator, having spent three years working as a journalist in South America. Bad Times in Buenos Aires (Weidenfeld, 1998) describes the experience of living in Argentina, a country deeply marked by the ‘dirty war’ waged by the state on its citizens in the 1970s. It was shortlisted for the Thomas Cook award and has been used as teaching material in schools. Don Quixote’s Delusions: travels in Castilian Spain(Weidenfeld. 2001) is a different kind of inquiry, examining modern Spain and the legacy of its greatest genius, Miguel de Cervantes, author of the first modern novel.

Miranda France likes to blend humour with observation in unexpected and beguiling ways. In 2011 she published her first novel That Summer at Hill Farm (Vintage) and she is working on a second. She has written for publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, the New Statesman and the Literary Review. She teaches for the Arvon Foundation and is a member of English Pen’s writers-in-translation committee. Translating is an important second love. Projects include short stories by Liliana Heker for Yale University Press and Claudia Piñeiro’s Thursday Night Widows (Bitter Lemon, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Independent foreign fiction prize. Miranda France works from a cluttered office in the London home she shares with Carl Honoré and their two children.

King’s College, Cambridge refused to dismiss Tilley after “apparent” homosexual bullying

Robert Baldwin Ross

Source: Wikipedia:

In 1888 Ross was accepted at King’s College, Cambridge, where he became a victim of bullying, probably because of his sexuality, which he made no secret of, and perhaps also his outspoken journalism in the university paper. Ross caught pneumonia after a dunking in a fountain by a number of students who had, according to Ross, the full support of a professor, Arthur Augustus Tilley. After recovering, he fought for an apology from his fellow students, which he received, but he also sought the dismissal of Tilley. The college refused to punish Tilley (though he resigned as Junior Tutor) and Ross dropped out. Soon after that, he chose to “come out” to his family.

About Robert Baldwin Ross

About Arthur Augustus Tilley

“As Palestinians, our only resource for self-improvement is ourselves…”: Dr. Sari Nusseibeh

Dr. Sari Nusseibeh, a Vice-President of Interlitq

Alison Abbott writes:

In the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority’s lack of focus on science “is a major gap”, says Sari Nusseibeh, a philosopher at Al-Quds University and a leading academic in the region. Nusseibeh was president of his university in the optimistic 1990s, when he strongly encouraged the development of research — as well as academic cooperation with Israel, a powerhouse for world-class research. Back then he reasoned that if the Palestinian territories were to become an independent state, they would need a strong base in research — not least because they have few natural resources. “As Palestinians, our only resource for self-improvement is ourselves as human beings, and the more initiative we have, the better.”

About Sari Nusseibeh