The Fabled Coast conference
- Saturday 27 April 2019, 9 a.m. – 5.40 p.m., Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Fabled Coast Tour and Creative Writing Workshop
- Sunday 28 April 2019, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Gunwharf, Portsmouth
11 a.m. -12 p.m.: 60-minute folklore tour of Portsmouth by Dr Karl Bell, starting from Portsmouth Cathedral.
12-1 p.m.: Lunch break
1.15-2 p.m.: 45-minute discussion led by Victoria and Sophia on coastal folklore themes in creative fiction
2-4 p.m.: Creative Writing workshop (2 hours)
Tickets are £20 and can be purchased from our online store. NB: Very limited availability – only 15 spaces!
‘A stock whip wand and a cabbage tree hat: Australian identity in Australian fairy tales’, Dr Robyn Kellock Floyd
- Thursday 22 November, 5.30-7 p.m., free and open to all. Room E124, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Robyn Kellock Floyd lectures at Swinburne University of Technology and is also the Deputy Head of a Victorian primary school. Her dissertation focussed on early Australian children’s literature, early literary Australian fairy tales and author Olga Ernst. Robyn is interested in early Australian fairy tales (pre-Federation) and the placement of European fairies in the Australian bush environment. She is a Foundation member of the Australian Fairy tale Society.
Kindly sponsored by the Australian High Commission.
‘Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship’
- Saturday, 1 September 2018, University of Chichester
- Mark Richards, Introduction
- Daniel Brown, ‘MacDonald, Carroll and the Mathematical Imagination’
- Franziska Kohlt, ‘A Common denominator: Reassessing the Carroll-MacDonald friendship through their science’
- Hayley Flynn, ‘“Is Life Itself a Dream, I Wonder?” – Dream in the work of Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald’
- Fernando Soto, ‘The Mandrake: Botanical folklore in the worlds of MacDonald and Carroll’
- ‘Heaven, hell and fairy land: F. D. Maurice and the fantasies of Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald’, Bethan Carney
- Religious crisis in Arundel’, Paul Quinn
- Adam Paxman, ‘The Rainbow’s Egg: A Practice-led Illustrative Research Dossier Investigating Thematic and Theological Correlations within the Works of Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald’
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
“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 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
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
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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.
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’
- 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’
1.00 Lunchtime concert at Chichester Council Assembly Rooms
- ‘Undine – in music, words and illustration’
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’
3.30 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’
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.
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.
Buy tickets from the University’s online store.
Dr Steven O’Brien, ‘Britannic Myths’
- Thursday 27th April 2017, 5.30-7 p.m., Academic Building 1.01
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
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
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.
Tickets are £5/£3 concessions or free to University staff and students. Please e-mail email@example.com to reserve your place or with any queries.
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
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
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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
Dame Marina Warner, Fly Away Home
- Wednesday 3 February 2016, 5.15-6.30 p.m., the Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester
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
A unique event to hear Kate talking in her home town about the novel set in Fishbourne and Chichester.
Tickets £5/£3 concessions; free to University staff and students. Ticket prices will be discounted from any books bought at the event. Contact email@example.com to reserve a place or for more information.
A Celebration of Folklore in Sussex and the South Downs
- Saturday 31st October 2015, 2-4 p.m., Cloisters University of Chichester
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
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.
Networking event for fairy-tale writers/researchers
- Friday 18th September, from 5 p.m., Cloisters University of Chichester
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 email@example.com.
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 reserve a ticket, or for any queries, please contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
Jacqueline Simpson, ‘Folktales of England’
- Tuesday 4 November, 3-5 p.m., room H149, University of Chichester
Land Under Wave: Reading the Landscape of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books
- Tuesday 25 March, Mitre Lecture Theatre University of Chichester 4 – 5pm:
The Marvel Comics version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower
- Thursday 13 March, Cloisters University of Chichester 5.15 – 6.30pm:
The American Fantasy Tradition
- Tuesday 25 February, Cloisters University of Chichester 5.15 – 6.30pm:
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
Grimm Girls: Picturing the ‘Princess’
- 26 January 2014 – 23 November 2013, exhibition, Otter Gallery, University of Chichester
- Monday 25 November 2013, one-day Symposium of leading fantasy and fairy-tale experts.Kindly sponsored by Scrivener.
- 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’.
- 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)
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).
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 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.
- 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’’
- Further details
- 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.
Folklore of the fantastic
Invented Folklore in Epic Fantasy
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
- 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 RH163DN
- 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
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Grimms’ Fairy Tales Study Day
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 RingTolkien 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:
New extended deadline for abstracts: 29th February 2012
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Folklore and Fantasy ConferenceThe 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:
Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers should be sent to email@example.com and to firstname.lastname@example.org