Activity: Membership › Membership in special-interest organisation
Demonstrating a diverse range of interests from historical fiction to sci-fi, the purpureus Writers are a new prose group of PhD students in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. Apart from workshops dedicated to discussing fiction, the group organizes events featuring visiting authors, Ali Smith, Ben Markovits and Anthony Horowitz being some among them.
The group’s name came up during a debate on the definition of purpureus, which in Latin apart from the colour purple signifies the brilliant, shining and beautiful. Yet its use by Roman poet Horace lead the term to acquire the negative connotation of ‘purple patches’ in prose. The apparent obscurity of the word seemed fitting for the group since its journey and one of its main purposes is to explore fiction and attempt to discover which parts of it are brilliant and which are, well, purple.