20th Anniversary Season: Breaking Ground • On Sale Now

Neil Gaiman

The Bard Lectures

April 15 – October 14

Add to Calendar2023-04-15 7:00 pm2023-04-15 7:00 pmEDTNeil GaimanFisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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Award-winning author, professor in the arts at Bard, and Fisher Center Advisory Board member Neil Gaiman has an astonishingly broad career: from journalism to graphic novels; fiction for adults and children; and writing for film, television, and theater. Over five nights across the 20th Anniversary Season, Gaiman will debut a series of five lectures on writing in which he will explore his creative strategies, sharing stories and offering advice—live and in-person at the Fisher Center.

Signed books from the author will be available for purchase.


Lecture 1 • Why Be a Bard?

Saturday, April 15 at 7 pm

Lecture 2 • A String of Pearls: How We Come to Be Us

Sunday, April 16 at 5 pm

Lecture 3 • Pulling Back the Curtain: How Fiction Works and Why It Still Matters

Thursday, October 12 at 7 pm – NEW DATE

Lecture 4 • To Pay the Pied Piper: The Cost of Stories

Friday, October 13 at 7 pm – NEW DATE

Lecture 5 • On Endings, Epilogues, and Afters

Saturday, October 14 at 7 pm – NEW DATE

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Access premium seating for all five lectures, and join us following the first lecture on April 15 for a special reception, conversation, and book signing with Neil Gaiman.

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Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and creator of books, graphic novels, short stories, film, and television for all ages, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The View from the Cheap Seats. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner Awards. American Gods, based on the 2001 novel, is now a critically acclaimed, Emmy-nominated TV series, and he was the writer and showrunner for the mini-series adaptation of Good Omens, based on the book he co-authored with Sir Terry Pratchett. Gaiman was an Executive Producer and co-showrunner for Netflix’s TV adaptation of his Sandman comic book series. He is currently developing season two of Good Omens and a TV adaptation of Anansi Boys. In 2017, Gaiman became a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Originally from England, he now divides his time between Scotland, where Good Omens and Anansi Boys are filmed, and the United States, where he is a Professor in the Arts at Bard College. Gaiman attributes his MasterClass on Writing, one of the most popular produced, to his time teaching at Bard. He is a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature.

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