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Atwood NUIG Conferring

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is being awarded an honorary Doctor in Literature in NUI Galway next Friday 24 June. The highly acclaimed Canadian author has published over 40 works of poetry, fiction and critical essays and has been shortlisted for the Booker prize five times, winning once with her novel The Blind Assassin.

Author, poet, environmentalist, academic, Atwood has a body of work spanning over 40 years, and encompassing a wide range of genres, including history, romance, feminism and science fiction.


Described as a “scintillating wordsmith” and an “expert literary critic”, Atwood boasts a remarkable collection; among her most notable include Surfacing, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, The Edible Women (arguably her most controversial) and many more. Also of interest is a collection of essays, which takes a closer inspection at Atwood’s unique insight on the human condition and the darker sides of human nature. Likewise, Fiona Tolan’s Feminism and Fiction looks at the close relationship between Atwood’s fiction and current feminist themes.

This is not Atwood’s first time in Galway, having previously paid a visit to the city for the 1996 Cuirt Festival of Literature. The other awardees at this special NUIG conferring next friday include RTE News at One presenter Sean O Ruairc, Sean Campbell, CEO of the youth organisation Foróige and Professor Gio Widerhold, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University.

Commenting on the announcement of this years graduands, Dr. Jim Browne, President of NUI Galway said that "NUI Galway is very pleased to be in a position to recognize these exceptional individuals"