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An unforgettable evening of conversation with storytelling genius Neil Gaiman, in-conversation with Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor and President, University of South Australia.

Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in comics, and also writes books for readers of all ages, including the award-winning American GodsNorse Mythology, and The Sandman series.

He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. His works have also been adapted for television and the big screen, including American Gods, Coralineand Good Omens, which he wrote with the late Terry Pratchett.



Neil Gaiman started his career as a journalist in the early 1980s. Soon he began writing comics, including the award-winning and enormously influential Sandman series, and met Terry Pratchett with whom he wrote the 1990 novel, Good Omens.

Since then he has become the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen beloved books for adults and children, including the novels Neverwhere, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Anansi Boys, and four collections of short stories and non-fiction.

For younger readers he has published The Graveyard Book, the only novel ever to win both the Newbery (US) and the Carnegie (UK) Medals for the most prestigious contribution to children’s literature, and Coraline, adapted into a film which was an Academy Award Nominee and winner of the BAFTA for Best Animated Film.

He has written award-winning scripts for Doctor Who and wrote the English language version of Princess Mononoke. He has appeared as himself in cartoon form on Arthur and The Simpsons, in real life on The Big Bang Theory, and as the voice of God in Lucifer (itself a spin-off from Gaiman’s Sandman work).

In 2017 Neil Gaiman became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee agency. Originally from England, he lives in the US where he is a Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

Website: Neil Gaiman
Twitter: @neilhimself
Facebook: Neil Gaiman
YouTube: Reading, The Graveyard Book
YouTube: Lenny Henry in conversation with Neil Gaiman


chris daniels

Professor David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia. A Dublin-born and educated chemist who specialises in computer-aided drug design, Professor Lloyd has re-focused institutional culture to position UniSA as Australia's university of enterprise and to shape its activities to better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Professor Lloyd was a member of the South Australia Economic Development Board (EDB) from 2014 to 2018. A past Chair of the Australian Technology Network group of technology-focused universities, he now sits on the board of Universities Australia, the peak body representing the university sector where he is the lead vice-chancellor for research & innovation.



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