Honorary degrees for artistic stars

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Stars of the arts will be graduating from a Sheffield university after being recognised for their achievements.

Author Marina Lewycka, music producer Eliot Kennedy, artist George Shaw and artistic director Daniel Evans are all to receive honorary degrees from Sheffield Hallam University ‘for their achievements in the worlds of literature, music, art and theatre in Sheffield as well as nationally and internationally’.

Marina, who lives in Sheffield, is a former journalism lecturer at the university whose debut novel, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, has sold more than a million copies.

She said: “I’m enormously proud and grateful to Sheffield Hallam for having given me the opportunity to be both an academic and an author.”

Sheffield-based Eliot Kennedy produced the first Spice Girls album in Sheffield and has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the industry, including Take That and comedian Peter Kay.

George Shaw was a student at Sheffield Polytechnic, the forerunner to Hallam university. Shortlisted for the 2011 Turner Prize, he is famous for his series of paintings of the Tile Hill Estate in Coventry where he grew up.

Daniel Evans has been an artistic director of Sheffield Theatres since 2009 and has developed an award winning programme, producing sell-out productions of both Hamlet and Othello, making Sheffield Theatres one of the most successful theatres in the UK.

All ceremonies will take place in November at Sheffield City Hall.