Rilla Askew hosted by University of Lincoln’s Medieval Studies Research Group

University of Lincoln Brayford Way Pool LN6 7TS United Kingdom

Prize for the Fire: A Reading and Talk with Novelist Rilla Askew

This event is sponsored by the University of Lincoln’s Medieval Studies Research Group as part of our annual Medieval Week.

Wednesday 29 March 2023, 6-7:30pm – Cargill Lecture Theatre (MB0302), Minerva Building, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln

Speaker: Rilla Askew (University of Oklahoma)

Famed Lincolnshire martyr Anne Askew (1521-1546) had important connections to the city of Lincoln. The daughter of a Lincolnshire knight, Anne grew up in South Kelsey and spent the early years of her marriage near Friskney, but Lincoln itself played an important role in Anne’s story and, ultimately, her journey to the fires of Smithfield. American novelist Rilla Askew will talk about Anne’s sojourns in Lincoln as described in her historical novel about Anne Askew, Prize for the Fire, and give a short reading from the book. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Dr. Renée Ward, Senior Lecturer in Medieval Literature.


Rilla Askew is a novelist, essayist, and short-story writer known for her award-winning historical fiction. Fire in Beulah, her novel about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, received the American Book Award in 2002. Her essay collection, Most American: Notes from a Wounded Place, was long listed for a PEN America Literary Award. Askew’s most recent novel, Prize for the Fire, is about the English writer Anne Askew, who was burned as a heretic in 1546. Askew is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. To learn more about her work, visit

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