Honorary graduates

2004

Mr Philip Callow (deceased), Novelist

HonMA in recognition of his contribution to English novel writing, poetry writing and scholarship over the last 45 years and the international acclaim his work has attracted.

Since his first novel, Hozanna Man, was published in 1956, Philip Callow penned more than a dozen novels, plus collections of short stories and volumes of poetry. He also published biographies of Van Gogh, Whitman, Cezanne, Chekhov and D H Lawrence.

His experiences while living in Nottingham in the late 1940s helped inspire a trilogy containing some of his best social realist writing: Going to the Moon; The Bliss Body; and Flesh of Morning.

Throughout his career he retained his links with the city. His novel Black Rainbow and memoir Passage From Home were both published by Shoestring Press in Nottingham. He also gave readings at Nottingham Trent to students on English and Writing postgraduate programmes.

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