As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Nottingham, Jeremy leads a faculty that has strong connections with Nottingham’s literary culture and heritage.
Jeremy is further developing and opening up access to Nottingham's literary heritage and contemporary culture. The University has a great deal to offer the City of Literature through its holdings of early printed books and literary manuscripts, including the D.H. Lawrence collection, as well as its expertise in English and International literatures and Creative Writing. It boasts the Nottingham Lakeside Arts complex, partnerships with the Theatre Royal and Broadway Media Centre, and collaborates with Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham Playhouse and New Art Exchange.
I mostly read on trains, planes, and on holiday to help take me away from the day job of meetings and working on my computer. You will think I am being outrageously biased but since moving to the University of Nottingham in September 2015 I belatedly discovered the writings of Jon McGregor (who also happens to be our Professor of Creative Writing). Jon’s novels have impressed me by his ability to take on a variety of narrative voices and his writings take very different forms and genres so that it’s almost unbelievable to know that they are by the same author. Jon’s Even the Dogs is hauntingly powerful and reading it managed to make me feel I was simultaneously watching the story on film and hearing it on the radio.
The writer who has influenced me most (I am an historian of the eighteenth century) is Edward Gibbon. His The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-89) is not only magnificent history it is also a breath-taking literary achievement, almost architectural in form and prose style.
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