THRESHOLDS International Short Story Forum and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy present …
‘FOLK’, Zoe Gilbert
- Monday, 26 March 2018, 6.00 – 7:15 p.m., Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Zoe Gilbert’s first novel, Folk, was published by Bloomsbury in February 2018. She is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, focusing on folk tales in contemporary short stories. Her own stories have been published in anthologies from Comma Press and Cinnamon press, and in journals worldwide including Mechanics’ Institute Review and The Stinging Fly. Her work has won prizes including the Costa Short Story Award. She teaches and mentors creative writers at London Lit Lab, and for organisations including the British Library and Arvon Foundation.
“I was thoroughly absorbed. Zoe Gilbert’s invented folk-world is sensuous and dangerous and thick with magic” – Tessa Hadley
An “extraordinary debut novel” – Financial Times
“A powerful sense of mythology” – Guardian
“That rare thing: genuinely unique. It’s part-myth, part-allegory, wholly wonderful” –‘The Best Fiction of 2018’, Observer
‘Jews on Quests! Challenging the ur-texts of genre fantasy’, Farah Mendlesohn
- 8 February 2018, 6:30–8 p.m., Cloisters, University of Chichester
In Rhetorics of Fantasy, historian and SFF critic Farah Mendlesohn argued that most genre fantasy was fundamentally Christian in its understanding of the world. This led her to wonder what was Jewish about genre fantasy by Jewish writers.
In this talk she explores works by authors of huge large-world fantasies such as those from Jane Yolen and Peter Davidson, and Guy Gavriel Kay, and quieter, more whimsical offerings from authors such as Peter Beagle, Sandra Unerman and Lisa Goldstein, to argue that these texts challenge the Christian ur-texts that are so much a part of the Anglo-American fantasy tradition.
ADDITIONAL EVENT: ‘Robert Heinlein: His Lasting Legacy?’
- 8 February 2018, 4:30-5:30 SF & Coffee, Academic Block 2.01
Please join us for an informal conversation with Farah Mendlesohn about her forthcoming critical study of the ‘Dean of Science Fiction’, Robert Heinlein (Unbound Books). A cultural relativist, a libertarian who famously practised nudism, and a writer who invested SF with literary themes and treatment, Heinlein was a giant of the field and a maverick figure whose ideas remain controversial today. Fans and newbies welcome!
Both events are free and open to the public.
Farah’s visit is part-sponsored by the Chaplaincy.
‘Midwinter Myths’, Dr Steven O’Brien
- Tuesday 5 December 2017, 5.30-7 p.m., Cloisters, University of Chichester
Steven O’Brien will read an unpublished new tale inspired by Yuletide mythology, as well as reading from his latest book Britannic Myths, a collection of creative retellings of British and Irish myths illustrated by Joe Machine. Steven is the editor of the London Magazine (Britain’s oldest literary journal), and is well known for his fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.
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Arthur Rackham in Sussex: A 150th Birthday Celebration
- Exhibition, 8 September – 29 October 2017, Bateman’s, East Sussex
19 September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birth. Rackham (1867- 1939) was one of the leading illustrators in Britain’s ‘Golden Age’ of book illustration, and his works are still hugely popular today. He is linked to Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash, East Sussex, through his illustrations of Puck of Pook’s Hill, a tale Kipling based on the house and gardens, and to Sussex in general through a number of locations. To celebrate, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy presents this exhibition of Arthur Rackham’s works inspired by Sussex at National Trust Bateman’s, alongside research-led responses to them by Fine Art MA student Emma Martin. The exhibition will draw connections between illustration, fine art and fairy tales, and the history of the three within Sussex, England and globally.
With thanks to the National Trust, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Chris Beetles Gallery, Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums, the East Sussex Arts Partnership, the Arthur Rackham Society, the Rudyard Kipling Society, Pook Press and Burwash Parish Council.
Arthur Rackham in Sussex: A 150th Birthday Symposium
- Research Symposium, Saturday 16 September 2017, Friends Meeting House, Priory Rd, PO19 1NX, 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
Entry £25/£20 concessions. Buy tickets from the University’s online store.
Symposium Programme, Chichester
9.30 a.m. Registration with teas and coffees at the Quaker Meeting House, Chichester
10.00 a.m. Opening talks
- Victoria Leslie, Introduction
- Selwyn Goodacre, Keynote – ‘Arthur Rackham: An Overview’
11.00 a.m. Panel 1: The Rackham Method
- Sarah Dunnigan, ‘“I hae been to the wild wood”: Scottish ballad tradition and Rackham’s visual imagination’
- Simon Poe, ‘Puck of Pook’s Hill: Comparing Arthur Rackham and H.R. Millar’s illustrations’
- Adam Paxman, ‘Arthur Rackham, Alchemist of the Golden Age of Illustration, Unbound’
12.00 p.m. Lunch
1.00 Lunchtime concert at Chichester Council Assembly Rooms
- ‘Undine – in music, words and illustration’
Buy tickets to the concert only from the University’s online store.
2.15 p.m. Panel 2: Creating Fantastic Landscapes
- Valentina Polcini, ‘Arthur Rackham and Dino Buzzati: Transmediality and Cross-Cultural Intertextuality’
- Alexandra Gushurst-Moore, ‘Between Worlds: Arthur Rackham and the Liminal Fantastic Space’
3.00 p.m. Tea break
3.30 p.m. Panel 3: Rackham Resurrected
- Emma Martin, ‘Contemporary Responses: Echoes of Arthur Rackham in the 21st Century’
- Steve O’Brien, ‘An imaginative journey through ‘Rackham Land’
4.30 p.m. Close
Download the full programme, with venue, accommodation and transport information, plus all abstracts and speaker biographies, here.
Lunchtime Concert: Undine – in words, music and illustration
- Saturday 16 September 2017, Chichester Assembly Rooms, 82 North Street, PO19 1LQ, 1-2 p.m. Tickets £7.
A one-off musical performance of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s Undine. The story of the romance between a water-sprite Undine and the Knight Huldbrand had a profound influence on the 19th century, inspiring operas, ballets and adaptations, including Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid and Dvorák’s Rusalka, as well the imagination of Arthur Rackham.
This concert performance will retell the narrative of Undine, interspersed with some of the most iconic musical versions of the story, all set against Arthur Rackham definitive illustrations, as part of a one-day research symposium devoted to Arthur Rackham’s extraordinary legacy.
Please feel free to bring food and drink to this lunchtime performance.
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Dr Steven O’Brien, ‘Britannic Myths’
- Thursday 27th April 2017, 5.30-7 p.m., Academic Building 1.01
Reading and book signing.
Britannic Myths is a book of eighteen creative retellings of British and Irish myths by mythographer Steven O’Brien alongside new paintings and illustrations by Joe Machine. At this event Steve will present selected readings, accompanied by Joe Machine’s images, followed by a book signing.
£5/£3 concessions (tickets can be used as vouchers for the book). Free to University staff/students.
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Children’s Fantasy Literature: An interview with Prof. Farah Mendlesohn
- Monday 14 November 2016, 6-7.30 p.m., L04, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Fantasy has been an important and much-loved part of children’s literature for hundreds of years, yet relatively little has been written about it. Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History at Anglia Ruskin University, recently co-authored Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, examining the works of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling and others from across the English-speaking world to place each in its appropriate context within the fantasy tradition. This event will be an interview and discussion of Mendlesohn’s research.
Tickets are £5/£3 concessions or free to University staff and students. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place or with any queries.
Jeremy Harte, ‘Subversive or What? Fairy Tradition and Social Order’
- Monday 31 October 2016, 6-7.30 p.m., L04, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
For a secret people, the fairies have been surprisingly conspicuous in social protest – administering rough justice in colonial Ireland, leading French forest guerrillas, and pixying JCBs at road protest camps. Are these just casual appropriations of the fairy mask, or do they reveal something about the lore behind it?
Jeremy Harte is a researcher into folklore and archaeology, with a particular interest in sacred space and tales of encounters with the supernatural. His book Explore Fairy Traditions won the Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Award in 2005.
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Write A Fairy Tale: A Short Story Workshop with Rose Williamson
- Wednesday 12 October 2016, 3-5 p.m. or 5.30-7.30 p.m., Room UH4, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Come explore the history and craft of fairy tales by writing your own! Whether you want to subvert the tale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ or dream up a new story that takes place in a wondrous fairy-tale world, this workshop aims to integrate writing exercises and story planning with an introduction to the genre of fairy tales.
This event is sponsored by A Chapter Away, residential creative writing courses in south-west France led by authors, agents and publishers (www.achapteraway.com).
Please note this workshop is for adults and some content may not be suitable for children.
Places are limited so please book early.
£10/£7 concessions or free to University staff and students.
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Dr Sue Short, ‘Fairy Tale and Film’
- Monday 18 April 2016, 5.30-6.30 p.m., L04, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Sue Short is a lecturer in film and media, a research fellow, and writer. Her previous works include Fairy Tale and Film: Old Tales with a New Spin, Misfit Sisters: Screen Horror as Female Rites of Passage, Cyborg Cinema and Cult Telefantasy Series. In this public lecture she will examine how fairy-tale tropes have been reworked in contemporary film, from romcoms to horror movies.
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Prof. Andrew Teverson, ‘The Fairy-tale Collections of Andrew Lang and Joseph Jacobs: Empire, Nation and Identity’
- Monday 14 March 2016, 5.15-6.30 p.m., Cloisters, University of Chichester
Andrew Teverson is Professor of English Literature and Head of Humanities at Kingston University, London. His recent work includes The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang (2015, co-edited with Alexandra Warwick and Leigh Wilson), shortlisted for the Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2015, and Fairy Tale for the Routledge New Critical Idiom series (2013).
Dame Marina Warner, Fly Away Home
- Wednesday 3 February 2016, 5.15-6.30 p.m., the Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester
Dame Marina Warner, writer and mythographer, will present short stories tinged with fairy tale from her third collection of short stories, Fly Away Home, followed by a chaired discussion and Q&A with the audience. Warner has written several critical and historical books and essays exploring the history of myth and fairy tale. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by 11 Universities and was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2005. In 2015 she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to higher education and literary scholarship.
Tickets are £5/£3 concessions or free to University staff and students. Prof. Warner will be available to sign copies of Fly Away Home after the event, and ticket prices will be discounted from any books bought at the event. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place or with any queries.
Kate Mosse, ‘The Taxidermist’s Daughter’
- Tuesday 17 November 2015, 5.15-6.30 p.m., The Mitre Lecture Theatre University of Chichester
Inspired by the folklore and mythology of Sussex landscapes and seascape – and a homage to Kate’s childhood passion for a museum of taxidermy in Sussex – The Taxidermist’s Daughter is a Gothic thriller set in Fishbourne in 1912, as the flood waters are beginning to rise. The Chichester-based best-selling novelist will celebrate paperback publication of her latest No. 1 bestseller by sharing her writing trade secrets: from old legends and ancient Sussex folklore, explaining how her research into taxidermy and bird mythology inspired by novel, and how landscape and Gothic fantasy provide the back drop for creating a novel.
A unique event to hear Kate talking in her home town about the novel set in Fishbourne and Chichester.
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A Celebration of Folklore in Sussex and the South Downs
- Saturday 31st October 2015, 2-4 p.m., Cloisters University of Chichester
To celebrate the release of our illustrated map of folklore in Sussex and the South Downs produced with the kind support of the South Downs National Park, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy is hosting a special celebration of local folktales and songs.
Dr Steve O’Brien will read ‘St Dunstan and the Devil’, Joanna Gilar will perform ‘The Witch of Ditchling’ and Cotillion will introduce the audience to a selection of Sussex folk songs for this special Hallowe’en event. With Guest of Honour Jacqueline Simpson, without whom the map could not have been made.
Tickets £5/£3 concessions; free to University staff and students. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your ticket or for more information.
Chichester’s train and coach stations are a 20-minute walk from the campus. For more travel information go to http://www.chi.ac.uk/%3Cfront%3E/about-us/travel-and-sustainability
Professor William Gray, ‘Why we need Fairy Tales’
- Wednesday 7th October 2015, 6 p.m., Mitre Lecture Theatre University of Chichester
Professor Bill Gray of the University of Chichester’s Department of English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Sussex Centre of Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, will be giving a public University Lecture on ‘Why we need fairy tales’.
Bill’s role at the Sussex Centre has allowed him to work with many of the world’s top scholars in Fairy-tale Studies, and with a group of exciting young postgraduate scholars. He was Folklore Advisor to the film Snow White and the Huntsman; his forthcoming book is an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Fables and Fairy Tales.
His illustrated talk will cover the following topics:
- What are fairy tales?
- Fairy-tale histories
- Why we don’t need fairy tales
- Why we do need fairy tales
- Why fairy tales need us
- Fairy tales and myth.
This event is free of charge. If you would like to book a place please email email@example.com or telephone 01243 812155/2171.
Networking event for fairy-tale writers/researchers
- Friday 18th September, from 5 p.m., Cloisters University of Chichester
A free networking event for fairy-tale fiction writers/researchers, open to any fairy-tale fiction writers and researchers who wish to attend.
The broad topic of discussion will be ‘the enduring elements of fairy tales’. Sherryl Clark, a PhD student from Australia, is visiting the Sussex as part of her research into these elements (what makes fairy tales ‘stick’, as Zipes puts it). She plans to use these elements in four original fairy-tale picture books and a novel for children. The event has been organised to allow her to discuss her topic with other researchers and writers.
If you wish to attend, or if you have any queries about the event, please contact Sussex Centre Assistant Heather Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A selection of illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by John Vernon Lord and Mervyn Peake is now on display in the University of Chichester’s Otter Gallery. The exhibition is part of the nationwide celebration of Alice‘s 150th anniversary, and runs in association with the one-day symposium, ‘Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy’ here at the Sussex Centre on Saturday 23 May.
This is a free event running until September. For the gallery’s opening times please visit http://www.chi.ac.uk/otter-gallery/visit-us
Prof. Jacqueline Simpson, ‘The Folklore of Sussex’
- Tuesday 16 June, 5.15-6.30 p.m., room H144, University of Chichester
To celebrate Sussex Day 2015 England’s foremost living folklorist, former Folklore Adviser to Terry Pratchett and the Sussex Centre’s Visiting Professor of Folklore, Jacqueline Simpson will present an introduction to Sussex’s folktales. To explore the tales further, a free interactive map of folktales in Sussex and the South Downs will be available to download from today. Tickets £5/£3 concessions; free to University staff and students.
To reserve a ticket, or for any queries, please contact Heather at email@example.com. This event is part of the Festival of Chichester.
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Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy
- PGR Symposium, 23 May 2015, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this event is primarily aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers, although other scholars and the general public will be welcome.
The day’s keynote lectures will be given by Prof. Diane Purkiss, Oxford University, who is also a creative writer of fantasy fiction (under the pseudonym ‘Tobias Druitt’), and world-renowned illustrator Prof. John Vernon Lord, whose own version of Alice was published in 2009. The day will close with a series of performances from writers and storytellers which engage with the theme of wonder lands, led by folkloric poet and creative writing professor Dr Steven O’Brien.
The draft programme can be downloaded by clicking here: Wonderlands draft programme
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‘Tolkien and/or Jackson? Filming Tolkien’s legendarium’, Shaun Gunner
- Tuesday 24th February, 5.15-6.30 p.m., room E124, University of Chichester
Shaun Gunner, who is Chairman of The Tolkien Society and runs the Tolkien Gateway website, will give a visual presentation on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, discussing how the films and books compare.
Tickets £5/£3 concessions or free to University staff and students; contact email@example.com for more information.
Dr Steve O’Brien, ‘British and Irish Folktales’
- Wednesday 21st January 2015, 5.15-6.30 p.m., room H144, University of Chichester
Editor of the London Magazine, Visiting Fellow of Creative Writing at Chichester, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, Steve O’Brien will be presenting his latest work, a retelling of British and Irish folktales. Recent published work includes the poetry collections Dark Hill Dreams and Scrying Stone.
Dr Darren Oldridge, ‘Fairies, Imps, Goblins and Bogies in Early Modern England’
- Thursday 23rd October 2014, 5.15-6.30 p.m., Cloisters, University of Chichester
Dr Darren Oldridge teaches History at the University of Worcester. He is a specialist in early modern religious history, with a particular interest in witchcraft and the Devil; his most recent books are The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press: 2012) and The Devil in Tudor and Stuart England (2nd edition: History Press 2010). At present he is writing a study of the supernatural in early modern England, to be published by Routledge next year.
Jacqueline Simpson, ‘Folktales of England’
- Tuesday 4 November, 3-5 p.m., room H149, University of Chichester
England’s foremost living folklorist, Folklore Advisor to Terry Pratchett and the Centre’s Visiting Professor of Folklore, Jacqueline Simpson will present an introduction to England’s folktales. England has rather more folktales than people assume, including many local and migratory legends, though they are mainly Sagen not Märchen.
Land Under Wave: Reading the Landscape of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books
- Tuesday 25 March, Mitre Lecture Theatre University of Chichester 4 – 5pm:
Dr Jane Carroll (University of Roehampton), author of Landscape in Children’s Literature (Routledge, 2012) (and formerly Research Assistant at the the Sussex Centre), talks about her research on the role of landscape in children’s fantasy literature, and especially Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching series.
The Marvel Comics version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower
- Thursday 13 March, Cloisters University of Chichester 5.15 – 6.30pm:
Robin Furth, Personal Assistant to Stephen King for five years, and author of The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance and The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins (Marvel Comics, 2011), speaks about her experience of working with King, and translating his fantasy masterpiece into graphic novel form.
The American Fantasy Tradition
- Tuesday 25 February, Cloisters University of Chichester 5.15 – 6.30pm:
Prof. Tom Shippey, leading expert on Tolkien and modern fantasy (The Road to Middle-earth, J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Century and The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories).
Tolkien made fantasy mass-market in the 1960s. By doing so he consigned a pre-existing fantasy tradition in the USA, not to oblivion, but to the fringes. Fans know about its great authors – Leiber, de Camp, Anderson, Davidson, Vance – but the wider world of films and TV series has passed them by. This is our loss, for the American tradition was and is distinctive, imaginative, and above all funny. This talk will survey it, and make recommendations for unfamiliar but entertaining reading.
Talking of Grimm Girls
- 22 January 2014, illustrated talk, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester
An illustrated talk by Dr Anne Anderson, Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, in conversation with Professor Bill Gray, Director of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy. Hear how the gallery’s exhibition ‘Grimm Girls: Picturing the “Princess”‘ came about, the themes within it and gain some insights into Grimm’s Fairy Tales. Free of charge but please book in advance – email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01243 816098.
Grimm Girls: Picturing the ‘Princess’
- 26 January 2014 – 23 November 2013, exhibition, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester
This exhibition will feature the illustrations of six familiar and much-loved fairy-tales – ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – by Grimm, Perrault and other authors. As well as framed pictures, there will also be first edition books and other artefacts of various illustrators, among them Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Mervyn Peake and Mabel Lucie Attwell. ‘Grimm Girls: Picturing the “Princess”’ is curated by Dr Anne Anderson, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, in association with the University’s Department of English & Creative Writing and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.
- Monday 25 November 2013, one-day Symposium of leading fantasy and fairy-tale experts. Kindly sponsored by Scrivener.
Session 1, E124 (4 – 5.30 p.m.), £5/£3 concessions
Maria Nikolajeva, ‘“Iron is stronger than grief, but love is stronger than iron”: Reading fairy-tale emotions through words and illustrations.’
Terri Windling, ‘Into the Woods: One Writer-and-Artist’s Journey into Fairy Tales’.
Session 2, Mitre lecture theatre, (5.45 – 7.30 p.m.), £5/£3 concessions
Jack Zipes, ‘Reinvigorating the Fairy Tale: Radical Visions and Feminist Interpretations in Paintings, Sculptures, and Photography’.
Followed by round-table discussion with all three speakers.
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Old, New, Borrowed and Blue: A Fairy-Tale Symposium
Tuesday 26 March 2013 Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and founding father of the academic discipline of Fairy Tale studies, will give a lecture at the University of Chichester. He’ll be preceded by talks by children’s literature expert Nick Tucker and by Jacqueline Simpson, Visiting Professor of Folklore at the University of Chichester. This fairy tale symposium will run as follows
3 p.m. Jacqueline Simpson: ‘Terry Pratchett, Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men’ (in Room 144)
4.15 p.m. Nicholas Tucker: ‘Grimm Parents’ (in Room 144)
6 p.m. Jack Zipes: ‘Once Upon a Time: Changing the World through Storytelling’ (Mitre Lecture Theatre)
More details to follow; if you have any queries please contact Heather Robbins at firstname.lastname@example.org
From Steampunk to Pullman and beyond: Exploring the varieties of ‘punk’
- Tuesday 5 March, 4.30 – 6 p.m., Room H144, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
- Frauke Matz, Lecturer in English at Duisburg-Essen University, Germany, and author of He Simply Went to Pieces, presents this overview of steampunk, cyberpunk, mythpunk, etc.
Please note that this event was cancelled due to illness.
Storytelling, storywriting, storyprinting: Telling tales and the origins of children’s books
Monday 11 March 2013 5.15 – 7 pm in the Mitre Lecture Theatre, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Ruth Bottigheimer and Matthew Grenby, Professors at New York and Newcastle respectively, will share the platform at the first ever joint event to be co-hosted by the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy (SCFFF) and the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group (SCERRG).
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Sex, Lies and Videotape: The Brothers Grimm Experience
Wednesday 10 October 2012 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Professional story-teller Janet Dowling presents the story of how the brothers Grimm cleaned up their act for contemporary readers … and what Disney did next.
After Grimm: Fairy Tales and the Art of Storytelling
6-8 September 2012 Kingston University
- Donald Haase
- Neil Philip
- Marina Warner
- Jack Zipes
- The Children’s Books History Society is staging a Study Day on Saturday 13 October 2012 to celebrate Two Hundred Years of the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. The venue is the Church Hall of the Great Crown Court Church of Scotland in London’s Covent Garden. The speakers will be:
The School of English, Trinity College Dublin, September 21-22, 2012
Keynote Address: Professor Tom Shippey (St Louis University, emeritus): ‘The Goths and the Romans in Tolkien’s Imagination’’
Invited Lecturers: Professor Michael D. C. Drout (Wheaton College): ‘The Tower and the Ruin: The Past in Tolkien’ Professor Verlyn Flieger (University of Maryland): ‘Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Sentient Landscape in Tolkien’s Fiction.’ Professor Thomas Honegger (University of Jena): ‘”Raw Forest” and the “Cooked City” Lévi-Strauss in Middle-earth’ Professor Alison Milbank (University of Nottingham): ‘In a Dark Wood: Tolkien and Dante’’
- Tuesday 29 May at 5.15pm in Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester. There will be readings by Steve O’Brien (Editor of the London Magazine, poet and Creative Writing Fellow at Chichester University) of new versions of British and Danish folktales. Prof. Bill Gray will also give a short talk about the history of the word gramarye. Entrance free. Copies of Gramarye on sale (£5).
Monday 16 April 2012 5.15pm-6:30pm, Mitre Lecture Theatre, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Larisa Prokhorava of Kemerovo State University, Russia
Wednesday 21 March 2012 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Willem de Blécourt is Honorary Research Fellow at the Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam, and author of Beyond the Witch Trials: Witchcraft and Magic in Enlightenment Europe, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe and Werewolves.
Wednesday 23 November 2011 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Professor Bill Gray will give a talk based on material from Fantasy, Art and Life, the recently published third volume in his trilogy of books on fantasy literature (the others being Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth and Death and Fantasy). Fantasy, Art and Life has just been issued in paperback, and will be available at a 25% discount at the talk.
- Wednesday 12 October 2011 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
- John Vernon Lord, illustrator, author and teacher, has illustrated many classical texts, including Aesop’s Fables, The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear; the Folio Society’s Myths and Legends of the British Isles, and Epics of the Middle Ages. In addition, he has illustrated many classics of children’s literature including Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. He has made extensive contributions to the world of contemporary poetry and narrative, and has written and illustrated several children’s books, which have been published widely and translated into several languages. His book The Giant Jam Sandwich has been in print for over thirty years. As a university professor John Vernon Lord has lectured on the art of illustration for over 40 years and is pre-eminent in the field. Most recently he has been working on Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass.
- July 2011 University of Chichester
- A conference entitled “Mervyn Peake and the Fantasy Tradition” to be held in the University of Chichester on 15 – 17th July 2011, to mark Peake’s 100th birthday and the publication of Titus Awakes, Maeve Gilmore’s conclusion, as she envisaged it, of her husband’s Titus Groan or Gormenghast trilogy.
- Speakers to include Joanne Harris, Peter Winnington, Brian Sibley, Colin Manlove, Farah Mendlesohn, Katherine Langrish and Sebastian Peake.
- Two exhibitions of Peake’s illustrative works to be held in Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery and The Otter Gallery concurrently with the conference.
- 24 May 2011 5.15pm-6:30pm, Room tbc, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, University of Chichester
- Michael Hattaway, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield, is editor of A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture; The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama and Shakespeare in the New Europe.
- 1 March 2011 5.15pm-6:30pm, Room tbc, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, University of Chichester
- Nicholas Tucker, honorary Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of Sussex. His books include: The Child and the Book: Psychological and Literary Exploration; Family Fictions: Contemporary Classics of Children’s Literature; The Rough Guide to Children’s Books; and Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman
- 23 November, 2010 5.15pm-6:30pm, L06, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, University of Chichester
- Dr. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochere, University of Lausanne
- 19 October-6 November 8:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday
- This unsettling and powerful play by Mervyn Peake – author of Gormenghast – is a dark, inquisitive look at the nature of authority and its effect on the human condition.
- There will be a post-show discussion with the writer’s son, Sebastian Peake, chaired by writer Neil Norman on Tuesday 26 October.
- More details at The Cave
- 9 November, 2010 5.15pm-6:30 pm, L06, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, University of Chichester
- Dr. Karl Bell, University of Portsmouth
- 12 October, 2010 5.15pm-6:30 pm, Mitre Lecture Theatre, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, University of Chichester
- Dr. Jacqueline Simpson
- This will be Jacqueline’s Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Folklore at the University of Chichester
- 19 June – 12 September 2010 Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, UK
- 3-5 September, 2010 Royal Opera House, London
- Curated by internationally renowned pianist, composer and auteur Joanna MacGregor
- Inspired by the theme of forests: forests as a place of quiet, reflective beauty, mystery and discovery, as places of fairytale narrative, as well as metaphorical spaces
- Features an event by writer and cultural historian Professor Marina Warner, entitled “Into the Woods,” a series of films, animations and performances exploring the light and darkness of fairytales
- 13-15 August 2010
- Pafiliwn Bont, Pontrhydfendigaid, Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion, SW 25 6BB. See Festival in the Shire. The Festival in the Shire will be the most comprehensive event ever held for the fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, with a conference, a fan exposition of original art, rare books and memorabilia as well as a large festival with stalls and entertainment.
- 12-13 August, 2010 University of Glasgow Arts and Humanities Graduate School
- An interdisciplinary research forum and subsequent publication of proceedings (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) based around the currently under-researched notion of the ‘anti-tale.’ The anti-fairy tale has long existed as a shadow of the traditional fairy tale genre.
- Plenary speakers include Dr. Anna Kérchy (Senior Assistant Professor, University of Szeged) and Professor Aidan Day (Professor of English, University of Dundee)
- Thursday 29th July 2010, 6:00pm
- Alongside her paintings Leonora Carrington has also produced an extensive body of writing such as ‘The Debutante’, ‘Little Francis’, ‘The Hearing Trumpet’ and ‘The Invention of Mole’. Her stories are imaginative, surreal, and often funny. The distinguished writer, critic and historian Professor Marina Warner introduces Carrington as a writer.
- 10 July, 2010 2:00 pm – Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester
- Professor Bill Gray
- This is part of the 2010 Chichester Festivities and admission is free.
- 3 June, 2010 6:00pm – Magdalen College, University of Oxford
- “Not only a decisive influence on both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, but also in his own right an original interpreter of Coleridge’s thought, Owen Barfield is highly relevant to the aims of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.”
- Prof. Fanfan Chen (Professor, Department of English, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan)
- Owen A. Barfield (only grandchild of Owen Barfield, presently publishing both existing and previously unavailable works by Barfield)
- The event is organised by the Owen Barfield Literary Estate to mark the opening of the Owen Barfield archive at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University
- 20 April, 2010 5.15pm-6:30 pm – Cloisters, University of Chichester
- Dr. Jonathan Roper (University of Tartu, Estonia, and Honorary Research Fellow, at National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield
- 26-28 March – Leeds Trinity University College, Horsforth, Leeds
- 25 March 2010, 1.30-5.30 pm – St. Ethelburga’s, 78 Bishopsgate, London
- Owen Barfield, Independent Scholar
- 17-21 March, 2010 – the IAFA (Orlando Airport Marriott, Orlando, Florida)
- 6 March 2010, 2:00 pm – Clair Hall Studio, Perrymount Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex RH16 3DN
- Alison Williams-Bailey
- More information at The Root and Branch Theatre Company
- 23 February, 2010, 5:15-6:30 pm – University of Chichester
- Dr. Jacqueline Simpson (former President, Folklore Society) “The Dragons of England”
- 4 October, 2009-14 February, 2010 – Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland
- Exhibition on illustrations by Mervyn Peake, “Mervyn Peake, l’oeuvre illustrée”
- 3 February, 2010, 4:00-6:00 pm – House Auditorium in Mary Allan Building, Homerton College, University of Cambridge
- Professor Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota, USA)
- 9 February, 2010, 5:15-6:30 pm – Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester
- Dr. Diane Purkiss (Faculty of English, University of Oxford/ Fellow and Tutor, Keble College Diane Purkiss
- 16 November, 2009 – Children’s Literature and Youth Culture Colloquium, Oxford University
- Bill Gray (University of Chichester), “At the Back of George MacDonald: Romanticism, Fairy Tales and the Redemptive Child”
- 7-8 October, 2009 – Universite de Lausanne
- From Fata to Fairies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Antiquities to the Present Day Conference Organisers: Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochere and Veronique Dasen
2012 is the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen [Children’s and Household Tales] by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. As this groundbreaking collection moves into its third century, this conference explores the trajectory of the Grimm phenomenon in Britain and the English-speaking world. Examining the varied and colourful reception history of this collection of tales, this conference will discuss the most recent fairy-tale scholarship, as well as looking forward to possible future developments. The Grimm bicentenary will also be celebrated through storytelling events, readings, a creative writing prize, and an exhibition of illustrations.
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
This conference is being run collaboratively by Kingston University and The Sussex Centre for Folklore Fairy Tales and Fantasy and the University of Chichester.
Grimms’ Fairy Tales Study Day
Brian Alderson on ‘The Making of the Kinder– und Hausmärchen’; Neil Philips on ‘The Influence of the Grimms’; Geoff Fox on ‘There’s Game in the Wind’; Nick Tucker on ‘How grim are the Grimms’ fairy-tale parents?’; David Blaimres on ‘The Role of the Forest in Grimms’ Fairy Tales’; Susan Bailes on ‘The Illustrators of Grimms’ Fairy Tales’.
The cost of the day is £20, which includes all refreshments including lunch. Further details and a booking form are available from:
Robert Kirkpatrick, 6 Osterley Park View Road, Hanwell, LONDON W7 2HH Tel. 020 8567 4521 Email: Rkirkpatrick.firstname.lastname@example.org
Postgraduate Symposium at Return of the Ring
Tolkien Society conference 2012
As part of the larger Return of the Ring conference at Loughborough University (16th-20th August 2012), celebrating 75 years of The Hobbit, The Tolkien Society is hosting a dedicated postgraduate symposium on Tolkien studies on Friday 17th August 2012.
The interdisciplinary symposium is the first of its kind and serves to map current scholarship inspired by Tolkien by bringing together emerging scholars across disciplines of art, cultural studies, fantasy studies, gaming, linguistics, medieval studies, literature, film studies, fan studies etc. Post-doctoral or other early career stages scholars are also welcome. It is hoped that a selection of papers will be published as an edited collection following the symposium.
The symposium is led by an internationally renowned team of academics including Professor Martin Barker (International Lord of the Rings audience survey), Dr Dimitra Fimi (Tolkien, Race and Cultural History) and Professor Corey Olsen (‘the Tolkien Professor’). The format of the symposium is based around panels of postgraduate papers and so presents a unique opportunity to hear and be heard by one’s peers across the full range of Tolkien-related study. A networking lunch and an interactive group session, led by the academic team, complement the interdisciplinary approach and students will also have the opportunity to attend the keynote speech by Tom Shippey that evening.
We currently seek proposals for papers (20 mins) on any aspect of Tolkien related research. Proposals relating to gaming, fan films, adaptation, audience cultures etc. are welcome as well as more traditional areas of Tolkien study such as literature, linguistics and fantasy. Students should submit an abstract (max 300 words) and short biography paragraph to: email@example.com New extended deadline for abstracts: 29th February 2012
Tolkien: The Forest and the City
Launch of new Sussex Centre journal Gramarye
Visual Images in Literary Fairy Tales: in and behind the text
Images of Witches: History, Fairy Tales, Films
Folklore and Fantasy Conference
The Folklore Society and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy are delighted to announce a joint conference on “Folklore and Fantasy” at the University of Chichester on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2012.
CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline 27 January 2012
Many folktales are closely related to the fantastic – through subject matter, content and impulse. Folklore often deals with the fantastic, or turns to the supernatural to provide explanations for extraordinary events. Similarly, folklore has long been a major source of inspiration for fantasy literature, from authors like Kevin Crossley-Holland and Angela Carter and graphic novelists like Neil Gaiman and Bill Willingham who take on and re-present traditional stories, to authors like Lloyd Alexander Susan Cooper, Kate Thompson who draw on established tropes, to authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien, Susanna Clarke and Terry Pratchett who invent their own folk traditions. This three-day conf will explore, investigate and celebrate the relationship between folklore and fantasy. We welcome papers on all aspects of folklore and fantasy from the medieval to the modern and the post-modern. Topics may include but are not limited to: * Folklore of the fantastic * Invented Folklore in Epic Fantasy * Graphic novels * Urban Legends * Superstitions * The Gothic Tradition * Monsters, Bogies and Boggarts * Real and invented folk history * Medieval and Modern Travellers’ Tales * Folklore in Children’s Literature * World Folklore in American Fantasy * Celtic folklore in Popular Culture * Folklore on the Stage or on the Screen * The Commodification and ‘Disneyfication’ of Traditional Stories * Folklore in Art
Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com