Aifric: Articles, Events, Reviews

 The Novelist in the Fly Lab Aifric at Imperial College LON, Jan 26      My fourth novel, THE DRIVE, is a literary take on Artificial Intelligence that explores changing definitions of love and attachment in the age of technology. THE DRIVE has its roots in Ovid’s Pygmalion which tells the story of a sculptor who falls in love with his own creation. Fiction is a powerful means of illuminating the emergent ethical issues of AI, but the novelist’s challenge is how to weave scientific research into the story that will engage a diverse readership. This talk describes how my conversations with mathematicians and engineers at Imperial College (and beyond) helped frame and resolve the problem. The solution was inspired by Professor Holger’s research into the flight behavior of blowflies that might pave the way for a new generation of flying robots.

Aifric In the Wall Street Journal, Dec 2016  

On April 3, global news outlets simultaneously released 11.5 million confidential documents from a Panama law firm that exposed how the rich and powerful conceal wealth and evade taxes. The dump, described by Edward Snowden as the “biggest leak in the history of data journalism,” name-checked politicians, plutocrats and sports stars and highlighted the urgent need for regulatory reform of the secretive offshore financial world…

Irish writers: where we set our novels, Irish Times 2016

Aifric addresses Brexit summit, Nov 2016 thumb_aifriccampbellbrexit1_1024


My take on Trump Irish Times, Nov 10 2016

0335  Dublin, the witching hour. I’m singing Woody Guthrie as a defence against demons. This land is your land /This land is my land / From California to the New York Island……..  0445 I make a list of the American writers and poets who have sustained my entire life……READ MORE

Aifric reviews VERSAILLES Irish Times Oct 2016

My take on Brexit : Irish Times 6/2016

“The real crisis in the UK is the widening gap between rich and poor, between opportunity and despair.”

Why bankers need book clubs:LossAdj paperback thumbnail my OpEd Irish Times 6/2016  

The truth is that novelists were picking up on troubling long-term trends in the financial sector long before the strategists.”

The Story of Skin: Aifric in conversation with Dr Paul Sharad: Zurich Dalkey Book Festival June 2016

The Global Novel: Aifric in conversation with John Banville & Neel Mukherjee: Zurich Dalkey Book Festival June 2016

What STEMM students at Imperial College discover in Creative Writing studies Feb 2016

“Writing is an act of confidence” Aifric in Grierik

I came to Brussels to start my fourth novel. In fact I came to write it – to “get black on white”. I am always dishing out Hemingway’s blunt advice to my students because it’s true: without text there is nothing, there is just the idea in your head.… DOWNLOAD pdf 

Scientists outshine arts students with experiments in creative writing: Aifric in the Guardian 2014: On creativity at Imperial College 

With no publication angst and a killer work ethic, science students easily match their peers in the humanities in the art of creative writing. It even makes them better scientists, writes novelist and teacher Aifric Campbell…

“Stop being a woman” Aifric’s guide on how to do business  2014 

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, senior female executives are failing “to assert themselves in high-level meetings”. So why do many women founder?  A failure to prepare and practice, says investment banker-turned-writer Aifric Campbell Download pdf 

On the Floor long listed for the Orange Prize 2012

What the critics are saying: ..the smartest financial novel since The Bonfire of the Vanities, and the first with a fully drawn female heroine – Frank Partnoy /.. brilliantly combine[s] the best elements of the modern financial thriller and the nineteenth-century coming-of-age story to create a commanding work of fiction—Stephen Amidon / It’s that rare work of fiction in which the financial world functions as more than a mere backdrop – Bloomberg / Campbell, a former managing director at Morgan Stanley, punctures the seamy darkness of banking with acute observations- Publishers Weekly / Of all the contemporary heroines, Geri Molloy might be the most badass. Watch out, Lisbeth Salander. —Marie Claire 

Aifric_Campbell_cred_(c)_An-Sofie_KesteleynAifric spent 14 years at Morgan Stanley where she became Managing Director on the London trading floor. Her first novel, The Semantics of Murder (2008) was inspired by an unsolved murder of a brilliant mathematician in LA. The Loss Adjustor (2010) tells the story of a woman who is haunted by the loss of her childhood friends. Short fiction:  New Irish Short Stories (2011), The Book of Men and the Irish Times. FILM: C.K., (2012)  inspired by the real life case of an Amsterdam accountant who embezzled 16mill euros and disappeared.

“An appetite for risk is key to success: – Aifric speaks at the Global Economics Forum 2013 


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LSE_logoHow do you tell stories about financial markets? Aifric speaks at London School of Economics Feb 2013

TV3: Aifric on life, work and what women want WATCH

Aifric grew up in Dublin and moved to Sweden where she read Linguistics and lectured in Semantics at the University of Gothenburg. After 14 years in investment banking she decided to focus on the fiction she’d been writing since childhood. She received her PhD in Critical and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in 2007 where she has also lectured. Her writing has won awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a Thayer Fellowship at UCLA and various writing residences at Yaddo in New York. Aifric teaches at Imperial College, London and has previously taught at the University of East Anglia and the University of Sussex. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, The Irish Times, ELLE, Tatler, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Business Post. She lives in the UK. 

Watch TV Interview with Wim Brands, leading Dutch arts prog boeken-13-05-2012

Aifric on BBC R4 TODAY:  Does finance make good fiction?

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