Deborah Levy returns to Falmouth as Visiting Professor

Wednesday 30 April 2014 17.00 to 18.00 – Woodlane Lecture TheatreDeborah Levy photographed at home in north London for the Observer by Sophia Evans.

Falmouth School of Art Professorial Lecture – Deborah Levy

Deborah Levy is a writer working across fiction, performance and visual culture. She trained at Dartington College of Arts, leaving in 1981 to write a number of plays, highly acclaimed for their “intellectual rigour, poetic fantasy and visual imagination”, including Pax, Clam, Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Macbeth – False Memories, all published in Levy: Plays 1 (Methuen).

Deborah has written five novels: the 2012 Man Booker Prize shortlisted, Swimming Home, translated into 14 languages, Beautiful MutantsSwallowing GeographyThe Unloved (all reissued by Penguin), Billy and Girl (Bloomsbury). Her 2012 short story collection Black Vodka was short listed for The Frank O’Connor Award and the BBC International Short Story Award. Her long form essay, ‘Things I Don’t Want to Know’, a response to George Orwell’s 1946 essay ‘Why I Write’ and Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own is published in hard back by Notting Hill Editions, paperback by Penguin.

For BBC Radio 4, Deborah wrote two acclaimed dramatisations of Freud’s most famous case studies, ‘Dora’ and ‘The Wolfman’. Deborah has lectured at The Freud Musuem, Goethe Institute, Serpentine Gallery, Tate Modern, The Henry Moore Foundation, and The Royal Academy School. She was Fellow in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge from 1989-1991 and AHRB Fellow at The Royal College of Art 2006-9 where she worked with animators and illustrators on a research project titled, ‘The Life of Objects – What Objects Tell Us About Our Secret Lives’. A BBC Radio 3 documentary presented some of this research in a programme titled The Glass Princess.

Deborah will be collaborating with Andrzej Klimowski, Professor of Illustration at the RCA, on a graphic novel for publishers Self Made Hero, working from her short story ‘Star Dust Nation’.

Deborah Levy’s early work is being reissued and has recently been reviewed by Alex Clark in The Guardian.


Illustration Alumni Visit

On Tuesday 5th February Levels 2 and 3 were visited by three of our most successful recent graduates, Emma Dibben, Owen Davey and Robert Fresson as part of a Business Forum event organised jointly with our Learning Futures department. The day was a fantastic success, starting with a series of business related lectures in the main lecture theatre and culminating in an afternoon of illuminating talks by by our visiting alumni.

Owen Davey is a freelance Illustrator, well known for his children’s Picture Books but has worked extensively within editorial and advertising areas too. His work has been published in every continent except Antarctica, including picture books in UK, America, Australia, France & China.

In 2011, Owen won ‘Junior Magazine Most Promising New Talent Award’ for my debut picture book, Foxly’s Feast.Clients include: Orange, BBC, Microsoft, Persil, The Guardian, New York Times, The Times, The Telegraph, Jamie Oliver

Emma Dibben has become well known for her splatters, fingerprints and splodges, (You may recognize her work from the Waitrose Bag for Life), a visual language that she has carefully developed and is now part of her trademark style.

On graduating in 2004, with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration, Emma and moved to Bristol.Commissions soon followed and saw her creating images for prestigious clients including Waitrose, The Guardian and the BBC.


Whilst food illustration is a core element of her practice, Emma thrives in the challenge of editorial illustration with commissions from the Guardian, Conde Nast and the Financial Times amongst others.

Flag enthusiast, artist and illustrator Robert G. Fresson has spent the last few years honing the usage of technical drawing tools and materials. He has his own drawing board and some French curves. He also has an inclination towards off-white papers, Ukiyo-e from Japan and CMYK colour separation. Humour is an important aspect to his work, and he has been quoted as saying (probably to himself): “while it is difficult for me to be seriously funny, I find I have an aptitude for being funnily serious”. His lifelong dream is to own a cabin in Novascotia, though conversely he currently lives on a boat on the River Avon in Bath.

Robert has recently completed his MA at the Royal College of Art