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2011 Booker Prize Foundation University Initiative

2011 Booker Prize Foundation University Initiative

13,000 copies of Man Booker Prize shortlisted titles have been distributed to students beginning university this autumn. The authors of the featured books will visit five universities before the end of the year to take part in a combination of workshops, lectures and reading groups. The universities taking part this autumn are: Newcastle; Hull; Stirling; Birkbeck and St Andrews.

Regardless of their chosen area of study, first year students joining these five leading universities have been asked to read a selected shortlisted or winning Man Booker Prize novel; the author of the novel will be visiting the university in the autumn term to talk to the students and participate in lively question and answer sessions.

The autumn schedule is:

25 October Newcastle University

Andrea Levy will discuss her 2010 shortlisted book The Long Song

2-3 November Hull University

DBC Pierre will discuss his 2003 winning book Vernon God Little

14 November Stirling University & Birkbeck University

DBC Pierre will discuss his 2003 winning book Vernon God Little at Stirling and Sarah Waters will discuss her 2009 shortlisted book The Little Stranger

16-17 November St Andrews University

Linda Grant will discuss her 2008 shortlisted book The Clothes on their Backs

The university initiative was launched in 2009 when shortlisted authors Mohsin Hamid and Sebastian Barry spoke to first year students at St Andrews, Scotland and Georgetown University, Washington. Last year's programme saw visits from Lloyd Jones to St Andrews & Liverpool ; Simon Mawer to Imperial College London; Kazuo Ishiguro to Newcastle and Hisham Matar to UEA. This year the scheme continues to expand with additional plans for visits in the spring term.

The scheme is jointly funded by the Booker Prize Foundation and the individual universities.

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For further details about the universities programme please contact

Amy Barder at Colman Getty 020 7631 2666

Notes to Editors:

• Julian Barnes' The Sense of an Ending was announced as the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction winner on Tuesday 18 October at London's Guildhall

• The Booker Prize for Fiction was first awarded in 1969, and Man was announced as the sponsor of the prize in April 2002. For a full history of the prize including previous winners, shortlisted authors and judges visit the website:

• The Advisory Committee, which advises on any changes to the rules and on the selection of the judges, represents all sides of the book world. Its members are: Ion Trewin, Chair (Literary Director, Booker Prize Foundation); Richard Cable, publisher; Mark Chilton, Company Secretary and General Counsel of Booker Group plc; Peter Clarke, Chief Executive, Man; Jonathan Douglas, Director of the National Literacy Trust; Maggie Fergusson, writer and Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature; Basil Comely, BBC TV; Derek Johns, literary agent; Peter Kemp, Chief Fiction Reviewer, The Sunday Times; James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstone's; Nigel Newton, publisher; Fiammetta Rocco, literary editor, The Economist (Man Booker International Prize Administrator); Eve Smith (Company Secretary, the Booker Prize Foundation); and Robert Topping; Topping & Company Booksellers

• The Booker Prize Foundation is a registered charity (no 1090049) which, since 2002, has been responsible for the award of the prize. The trustees of the Booker Prize Foundation are former Chairman of Booker plc, Jonathan Taylor CBE (Chair); Lord Baker of Dorking CH; playwright and President of the Royal Literary Fund, Sir Ronald Harwood CBE; former Chair of the British Council, Baroness Kennedy QC; Professor of Creative Writing, Royal Holloway College University of London and former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion; broadcaster, James Naughtie; biographer, Victoria Glendinning and former Finance Director of Rentokil plc, Christopher Pearce. Martyn Goff CBE, former Man Booker Prize administrator, is President of the Foundation and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne and Baroness Neuberger are Vice Presidents

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• For the first time, blind and partially sighted people can read the entire longlist in braille and giant print; these books are produced by RNIB thanks to funding from generous donors including The Booker Prize Foundation. The Man Group PLC Charitable Trust pays separately for the shortlist to be produced as Talking Books