Trinity Writers 2019


Join us in College for a day celebrating some of Trinity’s finest literary talent as we welcome back four outstanding alumni to talk about their work and the processes behind it.

How does it feel to sit down in front of the blank page? Where does the spark of creativity come from? How do you maintain the momentum following a previous success? Our speakers have all got words of advice to share from the chapters of their lives so far, so why not lose yourself in the pages of Trinity Writers 2019?

We are delighted to confirm the following four speakers: Daisy Goodwin (1980), Alex Michaelides (1996), Hugh Thomson (1979) and Dr Bee Wilson (1992).

Daisy Goodwin has a varied writing CV having published novels, a memoir, and written for television. Daisy will discuss her career to date and the pressure of writing a hit TV series.

Alex Michaelides will explore what makes us creative through the lens of how he became a writer, his experience of writing movies and the difference between film and novels.

Hugh Thomson is well-known for his travel writing, exploring South America and the UK. Hugh’s talk will range widely over some of his adventures and delve into what is required to plan and document his journeys.

Bee Wilson will give us a taste of what it is like to have been a food journalist for more than a decade, both historian and critic.

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Daisy Goodwin is a writer and television producer. After reading history at Cambridge, she went to Columbia Film School as a Harkness Fellow. After ten years at the BBC making arts documentaries, she joined the independent sector and created several shows, including Grand Designs, which has run for 19 series on Channel 4. Alongside her TV work, Daisy has written a memoir, Silver River and three novels: My Last Duchess, The Fortune Hunter and Victoria, all of which were New York Times’ bestsellers. She is also the creator and screenwriter of the Masterpiece presentation Victoria on PBC (ITV in the UK), which is currently in its third season.

Alex Michaelides was born in Cyprus. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He wrote the film Devil You Know starring Rosamund Pike and co-wrote The Con is On starring Uma Thurman and Tim Roth. The Silent Patient is his first novel and was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. It’s now being adapted as a movie by Plan B Entertainment and he is writing his second novel.

Hugh Thomson’s travel books include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Cochineal Red, both about Peru, as well as Nanda Devi, a journey to a usually inaccessible part of the Himalaya. His memoir Tequila Oil: Getting Lost in Mexico was serialised by BBC Radio 4. For The Green Road into the Trees, he returned to Britain to write about his own country. It won the inaugural Wainwright Prize for Best Nature and Travel Writing. For the sequel, One Man and a Mule, he decided to have ‘a South American adventure in England’ by taking a mule as a pack animal across the North of England.

Dr Bee Wilson (1992) is an award-winning food writer and historian, and the author of The Way We Eat Now: Strategies for Eating in a World of Change (2019), First Bite: How We Learn to Eat (2016) and Consider the Fork (2012). She read History at Trinity. She has been named BBC Radio’s Food Writer of the Year and is a three-time Guild of Food Writers’ Food Journalist of the Year. Wilson served as the food columnist for the New Statesman for five years, and a 12-year stint writing a weekly food column for the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine and now writes for a wide range of publications including The London Review of Books and The Wall Street Journal. She is the chair of TastEd, a food education charity aimed at getting children to learn to love vegetables and fruits (


10:00 am

Tea & Coffee

11:00 am


11:15 am

Morning Talks

12:45 pm


2:15 pm

Afternoon Talks

3:45 pm

Tea and coffee

4:00 pm

Panel Discussion

4:45 pm