James Hopkin - Picador Guest Professor in the summer semester 2007
James Hopkin has studied Modern Fiction at the University of East Anglia and wrote his PhD-thesis on Mikhail Bakhtin and Patrick White at the University of York and the University of East Anglia. He has lived in Krakow, Berlin, Manchester and several other places across Europe. His first novel Winter Under Water (2007) has won wide praise among literary critics, with The Independent highlighting that “few first-time novelists […] have an ability to conjure language to such magical effects.” His short story Even the Crows Say Kraków (2011) won the inaugural Norwich Prize for Literature and many of his short stories have been widely published, anthologized and are frequently broadcast on BBC Radio. James Hopkin has held a few writer-in-residence posts, his last one being in Prague, Unesco City of Literature, during January and February 2017.