In Person Event: BBC’s Novels That Shaped Our World: The Big Reveal

In the 300 years since Daniel Defoe wrote Robinson Crusoe, which books have we valued the most as a society? And are these the same as the ones we truly enjoy?

The BBC Arts project The Novels That Shaped Our World has celebrated English language fiction with a 100-strong list of novels designed to spark debates about the fiction that has had the largest impact on Britain.

As the project comes to an end, Professor Sebastian Groes and Dr Tom Mercer (University of Wolverhampton) of the AHRC-funded Big Book Review reveal how the public responded to these 100 novels with results from psychological research and computational analyses.

They will be joined by writer and Novels That Shaped Our World panel member Kit de Waal (My Name Is Leon; Common People) who will reflect on the findings with Dr Elizabeth Dearnley (University of Wolverhampton).


About this event:

Event information: This event will take place in person.

Event Duration: This event will last for 60 minutes.

Covid-19 requirements: The space is well ventilated, and will only be sold to half capacity. Attendees will be encouraged to wear a face covering whilst moving around inside the venue.

Get involved: The speakers will take questions from the audience at the end of the event.

This event is run by Birmingham Literature Festival, a project of Writing West Midlands. Writing West Midlands is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

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Bramall Music Building
The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston


09 Oct 2021


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Free, but registration is required.