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REF NO.: 94

SUBJECT: Dionne Brand delivers 2017 Pratt Lecture

DATE: March 13

Memorial University’s Department of English and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences are delighted to announce that Dionne Brand will give the 2017 Pratt Lecture on Wednesday, March 15, at 8 p.m. at the LSPU Hall in St. John’s.

Dionne Brand is a gifted, restless and versatile writer. Her works of poetry include Ossuaries, Land to Light On, Inventory, and No Language is Neutral. Her novels include Love Enough, At the Full and Change of the Moon and What We All Long For. Her non-fiction includes Bread Out of Stone and A Map to the Door of No Return. Her books have won the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Trillium Book Prize and the Pat Lowther Award, and have been nominated three times for the Governor General’s Literary Award. She is a professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.

Ms. Brand has given her lecture the evocative title, A Hidden Verb Takes Inventory. There will be a reception following the event, with a cash bar. Admission is free.

Named in honour of the Newfoundland-born poet E. J. Pratt, the Pratt Lecture is the oldest public lecture at Memorial University. Past lecturers include Northrop Frye, Terry Eagleton, Ursula LeGuin, Alberto Manguel and Anne Carson.

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