Friday, 7 January 2011
Mervyn Peake and the Fantasy Tradition:
A Centenary Conference
An international conference hosted by the English & Creative Writing Department, University of Chichester and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
15th-17th July 2011 Chichester, UK
Most famous for his best-selling Gormenghast series of Gothic fantasies, Mervyn Peake was a painter, novelist, author, war artist, poet and dramatist, and one of the most multi-talented artists of the twentieth century.
To mark the centenary of his birth and to celebrate his work, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy will host an international conference July 15th-17th 2011.
The conference will celebrate, explore and discuss the many facets of Peake’s rich creativity, including his work as fantasy novelist, children’s writer, playwright, poet, writer of nonsense verse, artist and illustrator (both of his own books and classics such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The Hunting of the Snark, the Alice books, Treasure Island and the Grimms’ Household Tales).
The conference has drawn speakers from all over the world and the three days will be packed with panels on all aspects of Peake’s life, his work and his influence on the fantasy tradition. Highlights of the programme include art exhibitions, a walking tour of Burpham led by Sebastian Peake, and a performance of the award-winning play Boy in Darkness by Curious Directive. Keynote speakers include Peter Winnington, Joanne Harris, Colin Manlove, and Farah Mendlesohn.