Author reflects on memory and myth in our history
Double Booker Prize winner Hilary Mantel will discuss what lies behind her award-winning books Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies at the University of Exeter tomorrow.
As part of the university's arts and culture forum lecture series, Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Steve Smith will introduce the talk, which is entitled Vacant Possession: The Houses Where the Dead Live.
The inspiration for the lecture is a photograph of the novelist's great-grandmother on the doorstep of a terraced house in a Derbyshire mill village at the end of the 19th century. She was far from her birthplace in Ireland and the photograph is the single image of her that remains. By the 1950s the houses had all but been demolished, with only frontages with bricked-up windows and doors remaining.
"My task is unbricking the doorway and getting beyond that blank facade to the space behind, where our ancestors used to live," said the author.
The talk will reflect on history, heritage and fiction, on memory and myth. In it she will also consider how the barrier between the living and the dead is broken down in the imagination.
An opportunity to find out more about Mantel's writing process and what inspires elements of her work will follow the talk in the form of questions and answers, chaired by Professor Helen Taylor.
Exeter University's relationship with Hilary Mantel CBE was strengthened in 2011 when she was conferred with an honorary degree. She is currently a visiting professor in the College of Humanities.
Professor Taylor said: "Mantel's literary output is the most brilliantly original and varied of any contemporary writer and her capture of international literary prizes testifies to her pre-eminence in the field."
The talk is open to members of the public as well as university students and staff.
Vacant Possession: The Houses Where the Dead Live by Hilary Mantel is at 7.30pm tomorrow in the Alumni Auditorium, Forum, University of Exeter. Tickets priced £5 (students £3) are available from the Northcott Theatre Box Office on 01392 493493.
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Village Hall: New Social table tennis sessions for novices. Friday 7pm-9pm.
Queens Theatre: Fol Espoir presents Winston the Run on Tuesday; Jackson - Live in Concert. Friday 7.45pm.
Hay Studio: Hopeful Monsters presents Ghost Stories. Wednesday 7.30pm; and then at Cabilla Manor on Friday 7.30pm.
Town Museum: Open Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm, Saturday 10.30am-2.30pm. Closed Sunday and Bank holidays.
Museum: Halloween half term fun. Mon-Saturday plus free open day on Wednesday.
Parkhouse Centre: Bude, Stratton & District Old Cornwall Society "Underground Landscapes of Cornwall & Devon" by Dave Warne. Monday 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £1.50.
Village Hall: Monday night Bingo in aid of the Bugle Silver Band Supporters Committee eyes down 7.30pm.
The Old Chapel: Gigspanner. £14 on the door. Saturday 8pm.
village Hall: Country Dancing. Friday 7.30pm.
The Flavel Arts Centre: Fol Espoir presents Winston the Run. Saturday.
RAF Memorial Museum: Open daily from 10.30am-4pm. Donations appreciated. Details 01840 213266. Until October 31.
Cygnet Theatre: Creative Cow returns with The Merry Wives of Windsor. Thursday-Saturday 7.30pm.
The Bike Shed Theatre: Fol Espoir presents Winston the Run. Monday.
Exeter Cathedral: The Royal School of Church Music (Devon Area) Annual Festival entitled "In the Hands of God". Saturday 4pm.
New Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. Thurs-Sat 7.30pm (Sat mat 2pm).
The Great Hall, Exeter University: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Thurs 7.30pm.
Westpoint: The Toy Train and Collectors Fair. Sunday.
Pendennis Castle: Spooky Halloween trail Mon-Sun 10am-4pm. Normal admission price; time Travellers Go...Ghosts & Ghouls, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm.
Town Hall: Talk on Pirate Wreckers and False Lights by Dr Cathryn Pearce, organised by Fowey Harbour Heritage Society. £6 non-members. Details 01726 870457. Friday 7.30pm.
Merlin Theatre: Fol Espoir presents Winston the Run. Wednesday.
Royal Standard: Euchre Drive Monday 8pm sharp.
Helston Church of Latter Day Saints: Blood donor sessions Monday 1.15pm-3.30pm and 4.45pm-7.30pm and Tuesday 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Book 0300 123 23 23.
Landmark Theatre: The Elephant Bridesmaid. Saturday 2.30pm.
Paynter's Lane End Hall: Country Market Tuesday 9.15-11am.
St Edmund's Church: The Stanborough Chorus Festival of Vocal Music - The Military Wives Choir in concert with The Carrivick Sisters, Thursday 7.30pm; Plymouth G & S Fellowship , Friday 8pm; The Stanborough Chorus , Saturday 7.30pm. £12 on the door.
Victory Hall: Table Top sale every Thursday 5.30pm sellers, 7pm buyers.
Long Room: Liskeard Country Market. Friday 8.30am-12noon.
Primary School: Blood donor sessions Monday 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Book 0300 123 23 23.
Village Hall: Indoor boot fair/table top sale. Saturday 12-4pm.
The Regal Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. Sun 7.30pm.
John Elton Room, Trerice: Doodie's Doodles, exhibition of artwork. Mon-Sunday. 10.30am-5pm.
Community Primary: Blood donor sessions Friday from 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm -7.15pm. To book ring 0300 123 23 23.
The Scout Hall: Blood donor sessions Thursday 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Book 0300 123 23 23.
The Gott Hall: Coffee and Craft Group meet every Friday from 10.30am-12.30pm. New members welcome.
Devonport Guildhall: All Ways Apples Festival. Wed 11am-4pm. £1 adults, 50p children.
St Andrew's Minster church: Ten Tors Orchestra. Saturday 7.30pm.
Crownhill RBL: The Craig Milverton Trio plus star guest. Tickets on the door. Sunday 7.30pm.
Theatre Royal: Birmingham Royal Ballet Triple Bill. Tues 7.30pm, Wed 2pm plus Birmingham Royal Ballet Sleeping Beauty Thurs-Sat 7.30pm (Sat 2pm).
Plymouth Athenaeum: Mrs Chapone and the 18th Century Bluestocking Circle and Women's Education lecture with speaker Mrs Barbara Eaton. Thursday 7.30pm.
Public Hall: Porthleven Old Cornwall Society presents Inshore Fisheries in Cornwall by Eddy Derriman. Tuesday 2.30pm.
Village Hall: Whist drive Tuesday 7.30pm.
Victory Hall: Whist Drive. Friday 7.30pm.
Community School: Blood donor sessions Tuesday 1.15pm-3.15pm and 4.45pm-7.15pm. Book 0300 123 23 23.
Museum: Open daily 10.30am-5pm. Until end of October. Admission free. Until Nov 2.
St John's Methodist church: Plymouth & District Organists' Association join Cornwall Organists' Association for their President's Meeting. All welcome. No charge. Saturday 3.30pm.
Church: Quiet Day in the Communion of Saints . Cost £10. 01208 880181. Saturday 10am-3pm.
New Craftsman Gallery: Colin Orchard RBA: In Time and Place with sculpture by Joanna Wason. Until November 15.
Village Hall: Local Produce Market, variety of stalls. Saturday 9am-noon.Full disability access and free parking.
The Wharf: Peoples Theatre Company present The Elephant Bridesmaid by Stephen Lee. Wed 2.30pm; Music - Whole Lotta Led Friday 8pm; Have Some Moore (Gary Moore Tribute), Saturday 8pm..
Museum: Major exhibition of the 70th Anniversary of US 29th Infantry Division in May 1943 onwards. Open daily from 11am-3pm. Until October 31.
Town Centre, Union Square: The Babbacombe and St Marychurch branch Friends of Rowcroft Christmas table top sale. Friday 10am-4pm. Christmas cards, gifts, diaries etc. All welcome.
Meadowbrook Community Centre, Dartington: Country Music Club present Ray Peters Band. £6, Saturday 8pm-11.15pm.
St Mary's Church: Divertiment present a Sonata for clarinet and piano. tickets on the door. Friday 7.30pm.
Civic Hall: Totnes Folk Club Folk Dance with Chris Thorne and The Bridgwater Band. All welcome. £6. Saturday 7.30pm-11pm.
Hall for Cornwall: Truro Country Market. 9.15-3pm. Saturday.
Hall for Cornwall: Stomp. Mon-Sat 7.30pm,Thurs/Sat mats 2.30pm.
Town Hall: Wadebridge & District Garden Produce Association 71st Annual show. Admission by donation. Open to the public from 1pm. Bring and buy stall. Saturday.
Town Hall: The Friends of Bodmin Hospital Choral Concert with Tonna Male Voice choir from Wales supported by The Millpool Choral led by Jenny Simmons with Rosemary Heard on piano and John Heard on the violin. Tickets £7.50. Sat 7pm for 7.30pm.