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The Booker Prize Foundation Universities Initiative with author Robin Robertson

University of Stirling

Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 18:45 to 20:30 (GMT)

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The University of Stirling is pleased to welcome you to a literary event with Robin Robertson, author of The Long Take which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2018.


At this special event, you will have the opportunity to hear Robin Robertson read extracts from his book before taking part in a question and answer session.  He will also be signing copies of  The Long Take after the reading, and the book will be available to buy on the night.


The Booker Prize Foundation’s Universities Initiative is an international scheme designed to encourage students to read contemporary fiction.  Funded by The Booker Prize Foundation and the University of Stirling, each new first year undergraduate student will receive the gift of a free copy of Robin Robertson's acclaimed book, which was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in 2018.



Robin Robertson was brought up on the north-east coast of Scotland and now lives in London. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has published five collections of poetry and has received a number of honours, including the Petrarca-Preis, the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and all three Forward Prizes. His selected poems, Sailing the Forest, was published in 2014.



Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can’t return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but – as those dark, classic movies made clear – the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties.

While Walker tries to piece his life together, America is beginning to come apart: deeply paranoid, doubting its own certainties, riven by social and racial division, spiralling corruption and the collapse of the inner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, brutalised by war, haunted by violence and apparently doomed to return to it – yet resolved to find kindness again, in the world and in himself.

The Long Take (2018) won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction, the Goldsmiths Prize for innovative fiction and the Roehampton Poetry Prize; it was the first poem to be shortlisted for the Booker Prize.



This event is free to attend and is open to all but we ask that you please register online in advance via the link above.

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Logie Lecture Theatre
University of Stirling
FK9 4LA Stirling
United Kingdom

Thursday, 7 November 2019 from 18:45 to 20:30 (GMT)

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