The acclaimed author Ali Smith has published a new book, Artful, which is based on a series of lectures given at St Anne's whilst Weidenfeld Visiting Professor in European Comparitive Literature in 2012.
During her time as Visiting Professor, Ali delivered a series of five lectures, enigmatically titled 'On....'. They were 'On Time', 'On Form', 'On Edge' and 'On Offer' and 'On Reflection'. The lecture series was highly appreciated by members of the college, and their publication in Artful as a set of stories is a testament to the vitality of Ali's thought. Further information about Artful (Hamish Hamilton) can be found on the Penguin website. The book has received many positive reviews, including in The Financial Times and The Observer.
Ali Smith is the author of eight previous works of fiction, including the novel Hotel World, which was short-listed for both the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize and won the Encore Award and the Scottish Arts Council Book of the Year Award, and The Accidental, which won the Whitbread Award and was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction. Her story collections include Free Love, which won a Saltire Society First Book of the Year Award and a Scottish Arts Council Award, and The Whole Story and Other Stories. Born in Inverness, Scotland, Smith lives in Cambridge, England.
HUMANITAS is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue with the support of a series of generous benefactors, in collaboration with the Humanities Division of the University of Oxford. The Humanitas Chair in Comparative European Literature has been made possible by the generous support of Lord Weidenfeld.