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The Sarum Symposium

  • Course Dates: Mon 22 October 2018, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

The Sarum Symposium is the exciting new direction for the annual Sarum Lectures.

This event, in Salisbury Guildhall, will bring together a panel each year to discuss truth and narrative from diverse perspectives, reflecting on questions such as:

  • How do stories help us to understand the world?
  • What are the stories we tell ourselves and others?
  • In what way is theology a narrative of truth?

Months after Salisbury’s nerve agent attack and in the year marking the centenary of the end of WWI and the right of (some) women to vote, our 2018 panel of storytellers will consider the words of the late novelist Ursula K. Le Guin, from her 2014 National Book Awards speech:

“Hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries – the realists of a larger reality.”


Erica Wagner is an author, critic and lecturer in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Her latest book is a biography of Brooklyn Bridge engineer Washington Roebling. A former literary editor of The Times, Wagner has judged for a number of literary awards include the Man Booker and the Orange Prize.


Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is a Japanese-British-Chinese-American writer. Her debut novel, Harmless Like You was published in 2016 by Sceptre and won the Author’s Club First Novel Award and a Betty Trask award.

Barney Norris is co-artistic director of Up In Arms touring theatre company and the Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford. His latest book, Turning for Home, was published in early 2018.

Lionel Shriver is a writer whose book We Need to Talk About Kevin was awarded the 2005 Orange Prize. She contributes to a number of national newspapers, including The Spectator, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and The Economist.

Tickets are £10, £5 for under 25s. Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries.
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)







Course Details

Mon 22 October 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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Host: Erica Wagner. Panelists: Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Barney Norris and Lionel Shriver.
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This event takes place in Salisbury Guildhall
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Tickets are £10, £5 for under 25s