Maureen Duffy at 80: In Times Like These
Scrivener, prophet, and friend
Header image: A stack of Lucifers, 1951-1954. Held at the King's College London Archives, K/SER1/63.
Scholar Charles Lock and writer Marina Warner trace Maureen’s passages through writing: Warner recollects a literary tour of the north of England, and Lock examines the many and varied manifestations of the written word she has occupied over the course of her writing life.
Charles Lock conducts an analysis of Maureen Duffy as Scrivener: her craft of writing as an act of physical, manual construction with words, and the autobiographical evidence we find in her novels of how she came to writing. Lock also explores Duffy’s literature in the context of an ever-shifting - ever less helpful to writers - publishing industry, which an assessment of Maureen Duffy’s writing in relation to publishing houses over time, ending up with the self-publication of her latest novel In Times Like These (2013), will lay bare.
Through Lock’s paper, we can consider Maureen’s role as copyist or scribe - the jobs which entail writing; and finally far beyond mere copyist - her own literary creations characteristically faithful to her literary forbears, brimming with references to the diverse literary culture and heritage to which she owes her own profession and who, in her writing, she never forgets.
Writer Marina Warner gives an account of the literary tour she and Rose Tremain took with Maureen Duffy in 1982 when Duffy was already well established, the others starting their careers. Warner recounts how they cheer each other on, meeting audiences across the depressed industrial north, using friendship and solidarity to aid the often solitary pursuit of professional writing.
Katie Webb, Editor
Sections and Chapters
Duffy and King's introduction
Finding Maureen Duffy in the Archives
King's in Maureen Duffy's time
Christine Kenyon Jones
Kings, and Queens, Histories in Fact and Fiction
Clare A. Lees
Panel Summary: the city as a space for new possibilities
Writing, Rites, and Rights
A Window for Maureen Duffy
Fighting and Writing introduction
Duffy and the European Writers' Congress
An 80th Birthday Honorific Speech
Memories of the German Writers' Union
For Maureen Duffy, Poiêtes
Browse articles, 'Scrivener, Prophet, Friend'
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