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Speaker(s): Caroline Bird, William Fiennes, Meg Rosoff, Philip Womack

Recorded on 23 February 2012 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

The most popular books today are filled with vampires, ghosts, wizards and other fantasy figures. Is real life so uninspiring? Come along and join the fantasy versus reality debate.

Caroline Bird is an award-winning poet. She has had three collections of poetry published by Carcanet; Looking Through Letterboxes|, Trouble Came to the Turnip and Watering Can. Caroline's have also been published in several anthologies, and are published regularly in PN Review, Poetry Review and The North magazine. A member of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, Caroline has also written several plays including Nothing to Say, The Pie, Lumberjills, A Hymn With Drums and A Special Boy. She is an enthusiastic leader of poetry workshops in Schools and a regular teacher at the Arvon Foundation.

William Fiennes is the bestselling author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room, and Director of the charity First Story, which supports creativity and literacy in challenging secondary schools.

Meg Rosoff was born in Boston, educated at Harvard and St Martin’s College of Art, and worked in New York City for ten years before moving to London permanently in 1989. She worked in publishing, politics, PR and advertising until 2004, when she wrote How I Live Now, which won the Guardian Children’s fiction prize (UK), Michael L Printz prize (US), the Die Zeit children’s book of the year (Germany) and was shortlisted for the Orange first novel award. Her second novel, Just in Case, won the 2007 Carnegie Medal. Meg’s latest book is There Is No Dog.

Philip Womack is the author of two critically acclaimed children's books, The Other Book and The Liberators.

This event will be followed by a short prize-giving for the LSE First Story creative writing competition.

With thanks for the support of the LSE Annual Fund.

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