Best Selling Author's Talk on Derby Student Days

16 September 2010

Graham Joyce

Author and University of Derby Honorary graduate Graham Joyce will talk at the University on Wednesday 22 September.

Internationally acclaimed author, Hollywood screenwriter and University of Derby Honorary graduate Graham Joyce will revisit the city where he was a student to host the latest in the University of Derby's Evening With... series of free talks.

Graham has published 15 novels, approximately 25 short stories, a non-fiction book about football and a number of screenplays in a 20 year writing career in which he has received a range of glittering awards, including last year's O Henry Award in the United States for Best Short Story of the Year. His novels and short stories have been translated into more than 20 languages.

In addition he writes song lyrics for French pop star Emilie Simon and has worked with major computer games companies, in particular writing scripts for the computer animation Doom. He has also worked in Hollywood and his forthcoming novel The Silent Land has just been purchased by studio Focus Features in a deal worth half a million US dollars.

Graham will speak about his life and career at its Kedleston Road site on Wednesday September 22 at 6.30pm, in the Heap Lecture Theatre.

Graham lived in Peet Street, in Derby, from 1973 to 1979, while training to become a teacher at Bishop Lonsdale College - one of the colleges which merged to later become the current University of Derby. He used his student lodgings as the setting for ghostly scenes in his award-winning book Memoirs Of A Master Forger (published under the pen-name William Heaney).

His career as an author took off after he made the brave decision to give up work to live on a Greek island and write, a decision which led to his first novel Dreamside published in 1989.

A keen footballer, Graham is the goalkeeper for the England Writers' XII (at the tender age of 55), he wrote about his sporting experience in the funny non-fiction book Simple Goalkeeping Made Spectacular.

The Evening With ... audience can expect a lively talk containing wit and entertaining stories. The event is free and followed by refreshments.

The University's Evening With...series of free talks gives audiences the chance to hear people at the top of their particular field, and often with a connection to the Derbyshire area, talk about their careers and experiences.

To book a place to attend An Evening With Graham Joyce' go to website: or contact Anne Wake at the University of Derby on 01332 591187 or email

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