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DBC Pierre, Man Booker prizewinner, to speak at Stirling

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Man Booker prizewinner, DBC Pierre, will speak at the University of Stirling on 14 November as part of the Man Booker Prize Foundation’s Universities Initiative.

Stirling has become one of five leading universities in the UK to take part in the Initiative, whereby every first year student, regardless of their course of study, is given a Man Booker prizewinning book.

Funded by the Booker Prize Foundation and the University, each first year student received a copy of DBC Pierre’s novel Vernon God Little and the author agreed to come to the University to speak about his book.

Published in 2003, Vernon God Little was awarded the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and the Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman Prize for Comic Fiction. The Man Booker Prize judges described it as a "coruscating black comedy reflecting our alarm but also our fascination with America.”

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice Chancellor, says: “I am delighted that the University is participating in the Booker Prize Foundation’s Universities Initiative. Created to introduce students to high quality, contemporary fiction, it allows students across our various disciplines to have a shared experience to encourage debate.”

Members of the public, staff and students are invited to attend the talk by DBC Pierre in Pathfoot lecture theatre on Monday 14 November at 6.30pm. DBC Pierre will read from his book and answer questions from the audience. The event is free and the author will sign copies of his book afterwards.

Enquiries to Yvonne McClymont at or telephone 01786 467 561.

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