Failure & First Drafts

Monday 27 February 2023, 5:30-7:00 pm, Lincoln College Oakeshott Room

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Before her work as an acclaimed stage, television, and film actress, writer, and director, Emily Mortimer studied Russian at Lincoln College, during which time she performed in several student productions. Her filmography is vast, having appeared in numerous titles including HBO’s The Newsroom (2012–2014), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Match Point (2005), The Pink Panther (2006, 2009), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Shutter Island (2010), Hugo (2011), Mary Poppins Returns (2018), and Relic (2020), earning nominations for numerous awards and winning an Independent Spirit Award for Lovely & Amazing (2003). She additionally created and wrote the series Doll & Em (2014–15) and wrote and directed the miniseries The Pursuit of Love (2021).

Professor Henry Woudhuysen FBA was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Lincoln College in 1979, and returned in 2012 to serve as Rector. A highly accomplished academic and editor, Prof Woudhuysen has researched English literature of the 16th and 17th centuries, especially Philip Sidney and Shakespeare, as well as later interests such as Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson and Evelyn Waugh. Much of his work has been concerned with the transmission of texts in manuscript and print, bibliography and palaeography, editorial theory and practice, and the history of books and of book collecting, and he has served as President of the Bibliographical Society and of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.

Dhruv Singh is reading for an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Prior to joining Lincoln College, he worked as the speechwriter for the Democratic National Committee in the United States. In that role, he was chief speechwriter for Jaime Harrison, Chair of the DNC. In addition, he collaborated on remarks for the Vice President, Second Gentleman, First Lady, members of the Biden-Harris Cabinet, and other high-ranking Democrats. Following his time at Oxford, he will be attending law school — where he hopes to focus on progressive policymaking and criminal justice reform. He is a graduate of Brown University.

This panel will be chaired by Olubusayo Idowu. Olubusayo was a BA English student at Birkbeck University, where she excelled particularly in the Contemporary Novel, The Politics of Feelings and Science Fiction. Her passions lie in creative writing, inclusive education and supporting efforts to decolonise the UK National Curriculum. She is currently undertaking her PGCE in English at Lincoln College.

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