The Visiting Professorship of Media was established in 1996, as part of a generous benefaction from Rupert Murdoch. It is an annual appointment and the Professor will give a series of lectures during the academic year (usually in January/February).
The current postholder is Jeanette Winterson CBE.
Jeanette Winterson CBE is a British writer. Her first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published in 1985, when she was 24. She later scripted it into a BBC Bafta winning drama. Twenty-seven years she returned to that material in her 2011 memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?She has written more than 20 books of fiction and non-fiction, including a collaboration with the sculptor Antony Gormley: LAND. Her latest book is a collection of essays on AI: 12 Bytes at AI – How we got here and where we might go next. Her work is published in 27 countries.
Jeanette Winterson's final talk as Visiting Professor of Creative Media took place on 4 May 2023. The talk on 'The Word Tardis' was followed by a Q&A with questions submitted by the audience members. Watch a recording of the talk below.