Audrey Niffenegger to deliver PEN / H G Wells lecture

Best-selling writer and artist Audrey Niffenegger will deliver the inaugural PEN / H G  Wells lecture on Friday 15 August at Loncon 3.

This lecture will be the first in an annual series held in honour of the former PEN President, author, and human rights campaigner. The PEN / H G Wells lecture will showcase visionary writing and new thinking, embodying the spirit of the pioneering work and activism of H G Wells.

Audrey Niffenegger's debut novel The Time Traveler's Wife sold more than seven million copies worldwide, has been translated into forty languages. It was shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award and the John W Campbell Memorial Award and was placed at number 11 in the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the Top 50 Books of All Time. Niffenegger is also the author of two novels-in-pictures, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Adventuress, both published by Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was serialised in The Guardian and published on the Cape Graphic list.

PEN was formed in London in 1921 to emphasise the role of literature in the development of mutual understanding and world culture; to fight for freedom of expression, and to act as a powerful voice on behalf of writers harassed, imprisoned and sometimes killed for their views.

One hundred tickets will be available to PEN members and supporters, with the remaining seats available to attendees of Loncon 3.