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Editing the Nineteenth Century

Editing the Nineteenth Century

A two-day symposium on the theme of 'Editing the Nineteenth Century' will take place in the School of English on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April. Organised by Dr Clare Gill and Dr Katie Garner, it will examine the world of textual editing, and specifically the practices, pitfalls and responsibilities attached to editing nineteenth-century texts today. While facilitating discussion between more senior and experienced editors from across the globe, a further key aim of the symposium is to offer an insight into the editing process.

The symposium schedule will take a mixed format of lectures, workshops, and roundtable discussions arranged to encourage knowledge exchange and the sharing of best practice when editing nineteenth-century texts. Speakers include Professor Penny Fielding (University of Edinburgh), Professor Alison Lumsden (University of Aberdeen), Professor Daniel A. Robinson (Widener University), Professor Dorothy Driver (University of Adelaide), Professor Francis O’Gorman (University of Edinburgh), Dr Daniel Cook (University of Dundee), Dr Carolyn Burdett (Birkbeck), Dr Andrew van der Vlies (Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Susan Manly (University of St Andrews).

For more information and details of how to register, see:

New play on women in World War One

The 306 Day promo

'The 306: Day', the second play of Oliver Emanuel's critically acclaimed trilogy about World War One, opens at the Station Hotel in Perth before heading out for a Scottish tour in a production by the National Theatre of Scotland. Inspired by real events and first-hand accounts, 'The 306: Day' follows the lives of three ordinary women fighting to be heard above the clamour of battle. It's a co-production with Perth Theatre, Stellar Quines, 1418 NOW and Red Note Ensemble and runs from 5th May to 3rd June. Details can be found on:

Alongside the production, Oliver will be talking about writing the plays at the Glasgow Women's Library and in Perth. Details can be found here:


Public lectures, readings, blogs and workshops

Prof Gill Plain Q&A session and blog

Professor Gill Plain took part in a Q&A session at the Wimbledon Film Club in April, talking about Basil Dearden's magnificent 1961 film Victim to celebrate Gay and Lesbian History month. Made between the 1957 Wolfenden Report's recommendation that homosexual acts between consenting adults be decriminalised and the passing of the Sexual Offences Bill that changed the law in 1967, Victim has come to be recognised as a hugely influential film. It also boasts an outstanding performance from Dirk Bogarde as the conflicted barrister fighting both blackmailers and his own desires.

Gill has also been blogging about her secret life as a Scottish Historian. Read about how she came to be working on the relationship between Scotland's medieval past and the First World War here:

Prof Susan Sellers public lecture and workshop

Professor Susan Sellers will be giving a public lecture at Lucy Cavendish College at the University of Cambridge on Wednesday 26th April at 1.00. Susan's lecture will explore Woolf’s rich output as an essayist, considering the myriad ways in which Woolf employs her techniques as novelist in her essays and her techniques as essayist in her fiction. It will range from Woolf's earliest published essays in the early 1900s, include the well-known essays in which she sets out her view of the modern novel in the early 1920s, and weave in the many essays she wrote on topics as diverse as illness and shopping, cinema and motoring, opera and laughter. It will focus on her sharply political feminist polemic 'A Room of One's Own' and her anti-war masterpiece 'Three Guineas'. More information here:

On May 13th, Susan will give a one-day workshop on the art of writing fiction, at the Stapleford Granary as part of the Literature Cambridge initiative. The workshop will begin at the beginning, with ideas about how to get started, what to write about, and how to engage readers, and will conclude with an insight into both online and commercial publishing. The workshop focusses on prose fiction, and will include tips and useful exercises ranging from the all-important questions of voice and point of view, through character and world-building, to dialogue, plot, and the crucial role of self-editing. More details here:

Prof Don Paterson reading at the Ullapool Book Festival

On Saturday 6th May Professor Don Paterson will be reading from his work at the Ullapool Book Festival. More information here:

Prof John Burnside lecture in London

Professor John Burnside will be giving a lecture on 'Soliloquies of suffering and consolation: Fiction as elegy and refusal' at the British Academy in London on Tuesday 23rd May from 6-7.15 Taking Susan Stewart's statement that "writing soliloquies of suffering and consolation...elegists have discovered...a powerful means of addressing the tensions between grief's inchoate emotion and social rituals of mourning" as his starting point, John will draw on work by Graham Swift, Adam Thorpe and Michael Bracewell to argue that such elegies have informed an important strand of British fiction over the last thirty years, where the growth of cultural totalitarianis has engendered, on the one hand, a primal impulse to preserve individual integrity against societal control, and on the other, a profound grief for the consequent loss of communal and ritual life. The lecture will be chaired by Professor Robert Crawford. More details here:

Forthcoming colloquium on conflicts of the twentieth century

17th & 18th June 2017

(Un)Civil War?

(Un)Civil War? is a two-day colloquium that will examine conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries in order to question our perceptions of civility, violence, commemoration and human rights during war and 'peace'.

It will bring together academics from a range of disciplines under the broad umbrella of war studies, to explore the connotations and influence of 'civility' on our understanding of war, civil war, and the use of political violence during peace.

Plenary speakers include Prof Patricia Rae (Queen's University, Kingston), Prof Sarah Cole (Columbia University, New York), Prof Tim Kendall (University of Exeter), and Prof Sir Hew Strachan (University of St Andrews). Please see the draft programme and list of confirmed speakers on the website here:

Organising committee: Dr Peter Mackay, Éadaoín Lynch, Alexa Winik, Rose Harris-Birtill, Rosa Campbell, and Tiana Fischer.


Registration details and a draft programme are available on the colloquium website,

Deadline for registration is 10th May 2017.