Maggie Gray’s new Alan Moore study to get launch at one day “Original Writer” conference

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground

Out next month is Alan Moore, Out from the Underground by Maggie Gray and the book gets its launch on Saturday 17th March at the University of London.

The launch is part of the conference taking place that day, The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore, organised by Bob Eaglestone and the Humanities & Arts Research Institute at Royal Holloway.

Perhaps the world’s leading writer of comics and graphic novels, Alan Moore is credited with revolutionising the medium; the ‘original writer’ for several major science fiction or historical (or, in one case, both) films; the author of a widely-reviewed novel, Jerusalem (2016) and a major (counter-)cultural figure.

The aim of this academic conference is to attend to his writing as writing: to examine what core ideas influence him; his influences and antecedents; to explore questions of form, mode and genre; and to investigate his wider role and context as writer.

Speakers include: Dr Harriet Earle (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Tony Venezia (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Maggie Gray (Kingston University).

• The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore Saturday 17th March 2018 | Full booking details and time table here on Eventbrite

• The launch of Alan Moore, Out from the Underground takes place on the same day between 5-6pm at the Senate House, University of London (Room 104)

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