Alastair Niven, OBE is Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, the home of a Foundation started in 1947 at the behest of HM The King in order to provide opportunities for moral, ethical, spiritual and social discussion, particularly among young people and with visitors from overseas. Dr. Niven was born in Edinburgh and educated at Dulwich College and at the University of Cambridge. He has a Master’s degree from the University of Ghana, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and began his teaching career, as well as a doctorate from the University of Leeds. Dr. Niven has published over 100 articles on aspects of Commonwealth and post-colonial literature and on overseas student affairs.
His books include two studies of D H Lawrence and two books on Indian writing, The Yoke of Pity: A Study in the Fictional Writings of Mulk Raj Anand and Truth into Fiction: Raja Rao’s ‘The Serpent and the Rope’. In 1994 he served as a judge at the Booker Prize and for twenty years was the Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the Commonwealth Writers Prize. From 2003 to 2007 he was President of English PEN. Dr. Niven is married with two children.