Celebrated Author Hilary Mantel To Be Honoured By University Of Derby

10 December 2013

Hilary Mantel

Acclaimed author Hilary Mantel (photo by Joshua Irwandi).

It means a great deal to me to receive this honour in the county where I grew up. I have lived in many places but I am indelibly a Derbyshire girl. I am grateful to the University for recognising that.

Hilary Mantel.

Two-time Man Booker Prize winning author Hilary Mantel will be made an Honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies in January (2014).

Ms Mantel, who was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, has published 11 novels, a book of short stories and a memoir, called Giving Up The Ghost.

She has won the prestigious Man Booker Prize twice, with Wolf Hall in 2009 and Bring Up the Bodies in 2012, as well as a host of other literary plaudits. The two books have been adapted for the stage and will open this month (December) at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Ms Mantel was made a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

The author and critic will join five others receiving honorary awards at the University's Derby graduation ceremonies; held from January 15-17, at Derby's Assembly Rooms. More than 4,000 students will graduate alongside them in degree, postgraduate and other higher education courses over the three days.

Ms Mantel was originally scheduled to accept her honorary award at the University's January 2011 ceremonies but was unable to attend that and subsequent events because of prior commitments.

Her fellow honorands, who were announced last month (November), are:

  • Ian Drake, Chief Executive of British Cycling
  • Cathy Grindrod, award-winning writer and the first Derbyshire Poet Laureate
  • Roger Taylor, Photographic Historian
  • Kate Oates, TV Producer
  • Tim Parnell, former Formula 1 driver.

Each will address the assembled graduates after receiving their honorary awards. Ms Mantel is expected to receive her award on Thursday January 16.

Commenting on her University of Derby honorary award, Ms Mantel said: "It means a great deal to me to receive this honour in the county where I grew up. I have lived in many places but I am indelibly a Derbyshire girl. I am grateful to the University for recognising that."

Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, added: "Few British authors have enjoyed the critical and popular success that Hilary Mantel has. I'm delighted she will be joining us in January, to become an Honorary Doctor of Letters of the University of Derby.

"All our honorands are people with a connection to our county or the University, who have advanced and improved their chosen field."

For further information about the University of Derby's Awards Ceremonies see website www.derby.ac.uk/graduation.

Media requiring further information about this press release should contact Sean Kirby, University of Derby Press and PR Officer, on 01332 591891 or email: s.kirby@derby.ac.uk

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