S P E A K E R S
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Frances was once a U.S. state prosecutor and litigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Her researches and
interest now centre on Greene. Now, living in Israel, she can comment with authority on the relationship of Greene to her country,
and examine some of the misconceptions.
John Batchelor is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at Newcastle University, and the author of critical works and full-length
biographies on Conrad and Ruskin. His most recent book on Tennyson was published last year to great acclaim. In his assessment of Greene’s
novel writing, he will show how Greene’s personal ‘fixations’ and teasing observations on his art were transformed into his novels.
Fr Michael is well known to our more recent Festival goers. He has a deep interest in the ‘inclusiveness’ of Greene, and in his desire
to find God where he seems not to be. His classical background, and his ministry in Greene’s town make him a speaker who would have won
It is nearly 30 years since Quentin Falk published his first book, Travels in Greeneland: The Cinema of Graham
Greene. With the active participation of Greene himself, who was on the cusp of his 80th birthday, as well as
contributions from other writers and directors involved in the many adaptations down the years, Falk’s book was
short-listed for the Mobil/BFI Film Book of the Year Award. A former editor of Screen International as well as,
subsequently, author of books on Alfred Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins, Lew Grade, The Rank Organisation, and Albert
Finney, Falk is film critic of The Catholic Herald and a regular feature writer for BAFTA Online.
Carlos teaches at the University of La Rioja, and is currently writing about Greene’s journeys through Spain with Fr Leopoldo Duran.
With our great stalwart, Ramon Porta, and with Thomas Hill, Carlos set up the Centenary Conference on Greene held in Spain in 2004.
He has published novels and poetry.
François has become a favourite from past Festivals. He is Emeritus Professor of 20th Century British Literature at the Sorbonne.
His research now centres on Greene and he is a great discoverer of new insights into our author.
It is difficult to keep pace with Richard Greene’s career. Professor of English at Toronto University, he has recently written
Edith Sitwell: Avant Garde Poet, English Genius, 2011. His Graham Greene: A Life in Letters, 2007, was hailed
as a major contribution to Greene scholarship, and now he is writing the authorized biography of Greene. He will share with us his progress.
Mike Hill is a retired History teacher living in West Yorkshire. His interest in Greene has been sustained and deepened by his attendance
at every festival since 1998. He was for three years the festival director, and he is currently editor of the Birthplace Trust’s quarterly
A Sort of Newsletter. 'With Jon Wise, Mike has published The Works of Graham Greene: A Reader's Bibliography and Guide
(Continuum, 2012), and is currently researching with Jon the Greene archives in the UK and USA, with a further book in mind.
Frances teaches at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has published on Old and Middle English Language and Literature
as well as on the writings of Greene. She has spoken at the Festival before, but – even more significant – she is
the Director Designate for the 2014 Festival.
Founding Trustee and former director, Graham Greene Festival; author of Festival papers on Stamboul Train and
Dr Fischer of Geneva
Greta Scacchi made her theatrical debut at the University of Western Anustralia's New Dolphin Theatre and her film debut in the German movie,
Das Zweite Gesicht (The Second Face). She has appeared in over 50
films and television movies, winning an Emmy award, nomination for a Golden Globe and numerous other awards.
Nicholas Shakespeare needs no introduction: he is a prize-winning novelist, biographer, traveller, chief reviewer of books for
the Daily Telegraph, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
More importantly for us, he met Graham in Sintra and Antibes and London; filmed him for the Waugh Trilogy,
interviewed him for the Telegraph magazine, and tried to persuade him to record his own obituary.
Neil is always our much-requested final contributor. He is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Hull and the author of critical
texts on Greene. This year he will talk about three films that Greene reviewed.
Smolik is a lawyer and media specialist at the Federal Office of Communications in Switzerland. He is the author of several essays
relating to authors from the French-speaking part of Switzerland (Charlie Chaplin, Graham Greene). His first novel, Le Bar à parfums,
was published in 2008 (éditions de L'Aire); and in 2012, Georges Haldas, l'Invisible au quotidien (collection of Les dossiers H
by éditions de l'Age d'Homme).
Joyce Stavick is Head of the English Department at the University of North Georgia. She has spoken at our Festival before.
Graham Greene and George Orwell are her special fields of research. Greene’s much publicized anti-Americanism, and the fact that
he was for a time persona non grata in America will make this a fascinating talk.
Randall Stevenson is Professor of 20th Century Literature at Edinburgh University; the author of Modernist Fiction (2005),
and Literature and the Great War (OUP, 2013), and general editor of the Edinburgh History of Twentieth-Century Literature
in Britain series. He frequently lectures abroad, often for the British Council.
In this last year he has been one of the panel of judges to pick the outstanding novel of the 20th Century from the annual winners
of the James Tait Black Prize which is awarded by Edinburgh University and had been celebrating its 250th Anniversary.