In Michaelmas Term 2017 I am giving two papers in Oxford.
‘Objects of Devotion in The Book of Margery Kempe‘, Medieval Research Seminar in the English Faculty (Wednesday of 4th week, 1st November)
‘The Church as Sacred Space in Middle English Literature and Culture’, Oxford Medieval Society (Thursday of 5th week, 9th November)
Fowey Festival 2017: The 21st Festival
I will be running a range of events at the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature again this year. On Friday 12th May, we have a special day celebrating all things du Maurier, beginning with my interview with Tatiana de Rosnay, novelist and author of a new biography of du Maurier: Manderley Forever. (Event information here)
Also on Friday 12th May, the Festival will host the UK premiere of the new documentary about du Maurier, for which I was interviewed last year: Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca. The film was shown on the European culture channel Arte in February this year. Before the film showing, I will be taking part in a panel event with Tatiana de Rosnay, the producer of the film Patricia Houtart, and the director Elisabeth Aubert Schlumberger. Event information here.
I will also be running the following events throughout the week of the Festival:
Reading Group on du Maurier’s The Scapegoat on Sunday 7th May (here)
Lecture on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales on Monday 8th May (here)
Du Maurier Story Time event on Monday 8th May (here)
Reading Group on du Maurier’s The Flight of the Falcon on Wednesday 10th May (here)
I am giving a paper at a conference on the Brontës in Durham in August (The Coarseness of the Brontes: A Reappraisal)
My paper will be on Daphne du Maurier’s biography of Branwell Brontë and is entitled:
Coarseness, Identity, and Understanding in Daphne du Maurier’s The Infernal World of Branwell Brontë
Medieval Conferences 2017
I am presenting a paper at the Gender and Medieval Studies conference in Canterbury in early January 2017.
I will be giving a paper at the After Chichele conference in Oxford in June 2017: details here. My paper is entitled: Architectural Allegory, Pastoral Education and Community-Building in the Fifteenth Century.
I appeared at the Fowey Festival of Arts and Literature in May 2016, running reading groups on Daphne du Maurier’s The Parasites and Julius. I also ran a Du Maurier Storytime event and gave an introductory talk on Beowulf
I gave a paper at the New Chaucer Society Congress in London in July 2016. My paper was entitled “‘Þe ȝateȝ stoken watȝ neuer ȝet’: London, the New Jerusalem, and the Hardware of ‘Entre’”. I talked about Pearl and the Middle English translations of Guillaume de Deguileville’s La Pèlerinage de la vie humaine.
In August 2016 I spoke about my experience delivering outreach events at the ‘Academics in the Classroom’ conference at Hertford College. I discussed my involvement in University College’s Staircase 12 website (a hub of resources to help high school students to read around the subject) and my outreach events on Beowulf for students from primary school through to sixth form.