Famous names

Find out about some of the famous names associated with English at the University of Leicester.

Notable associates

Philip Larkin

The poet Philip Larkin worked in the college library between 1946 and 1950 and was a long-term companion of Monica Jones, a lecturer within the School.

Kingsley Amis

In prose, the English at Leicester has long been associated with the campus novel. Kingsley Amis, who invented the genre, visited his friend Larkin in Leicester; Larkin was living in Dixon Drive, and it was this address that supplied the surname of Jim Dixon, the protagonist of Amis' Lucky Jim.

Notable alumni

Malcolm Bradbury

The novelist Malcolm Bradbury was an undergraduate in the 1950s, and while still a student he began to write his first campus novel, Eating People is Wrong. This novel is a fiction, but, as Professor Bradbury was happy to acknowledge when writing an afterword decades later, was rooted in his experience as a student at Leicester. The fictional characters of the novel are not representations of those who taught Malcolm Bradbury, but are nonetheless given traits that recognisably have their origins in the teaching staff in English.

Adele Parks

English at Leicester has continued to inspire students with literary ambitions. Adele Parks, author of several bestselling novels, is a one of our graduates.

Will Tudor

Will Tudor is an actor and graduate of English at Leicester. Perhaps best known for playing Olyvar in the popular HBO TV drama Game of Thrones, Will also plays Odi in Channel 4's Humans and has a forthcoming role in the film Tomorrow, executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

An interview with Will Tudor

Hear Will talking about his time at Leicester.

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