One Day author David Nicholls to give free talk at Bristol

The boys are back in town


He’s one of the university’s most well known alumni and is a central pillar of the argument for why Bristol Uni is better than all the others.

On September 21 David Nicholls will be giving a free public talk at the Priory Road Lecture Theatre, reflecting on his literary success and some of his favourite films.

David Nicholls studied for a BA in Drama in English in the 1980s and then went on to write four acclaimed books that he then wrote into movies.

Arguably Nicholls’ best work, Starter for Ten follows student Brian Jackson’s first year at Bristol Uni as he pursues his dream to compete on the university game show University Challenge.

The book would then go on to become a classic coming-of-age film, staring James McAvoy as Brian and would be mostly filmed at the Bristol Campus, with Brian’s try outs for the team taking place in what is now the chemistry department.

One Day, Nicholls’ third novel, was hugely popular and was turned into a film starring Anne Hathaway in 2011.

One Day

His returning to Bristol is a welcomed homecoming as he frequently states his love of Bristol and his time spent there, saying ,”I’m grateful that my time here provided the inspiration for so much of my writing”.

Dr David Nicholls’ talk is free to all students and members of the public, and people wanting to come along can get their tickets here.