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Hilary Mantel receives honorary degree from Sheffield Hallam

27th October 2009

Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel has been awarded an honorary degree by Sheffield Hallam University.

The writer received the accolade for her outstanding contribution to literature, as well as for her support of Sheffield Hallam's MA Writing course.

Mantel has been a visiting professor at the university for the past three years and, according to the institution, has established it as a leading centre for the practice of creative writing.

Commenting on the qualification, Mantel said: 'It is a great honour to be given this title having had such a close association with Sheffield Hallam.'

'I am extremely proud to have contributed to a course that has produced some very talented writers,' she added.

As well as the Booker Prize, which she won this year with her fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's life in Wolf Hall, Mantel's Beyond Black, which looks at the dark secrets hidden behind closed doors in suburban England, was shortlisted for a 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize and for the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction.

She was awarded a CBE in 2006.

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