Schedule of Events

Conference Schedule
*please note that this schedule may be subject to minor changes*

Thursday, July 14th
18:30: Optional Trip (free)
Meet at reception for walk to Pallant House to see the Peake exhibition.
Followed by informal drinks in The Ship

Friday, July 15th
Otter Gallery open: All Day
Bookshop: 10am – 5pm

9:00 – 10:30 – Registration
Venue: Cloisters quad.  Tea and Coffee in E124

10:30 – 11:30 – Keynote Lecture
Peter Winnington, Peake and Alice (and Arrietty)” 

Chair: Bill Gray
Venue: Mitre Theatre

11:30-12:00 – Tea & Coffee

12:00-13:30 – Parallel Session A
Panel One: The Fantastic and the Gothic
Chair: Robert Duggan
Venue: E310

Panel Two: Madness and Otherness
Chair: Mark Mason
Venue: E312

Charlie White: “‘O little revolution in great shades!’ Peake and the Gothic”

Sophie Aymes-Stokes: “I’m on a piece of floating ice the size of Kent”: eccentricity in Mervyn Peake’s Work”
Nahid Shahbazi Moghadam and Arbaayah ali Termizi: “The Grotesque in ‘Danse Macabre’” (read by Emma Tristram)

Matthew Sangster: “Peake and Vulnerability”
Pierre François: “Success and failure of the mythopoeic element in the Titus books”

Jeremy Sampson: “Towards a Hermeneutics of Otherness: A comparative study of “The Hall of Bright Carvings” in Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

13:30-15:00 – Lunch  

15:00- 16:00 – Keynote Lecture
Colin Manlove, ‘The Artists in Titus Groan’
Chair: Bill Gray
Venue: Mitre Theatre

16:00-17:00 – Parallel Session B
Panel One: Genre  
Chair: Stavroula Varella
Venue: E310
Panel Two: Drawings and Illustrations
Chair:  Elizabeth Rainey
Venue: E312

Larisa Prokhorova: “Algorithm of Disenchantment: Anti-Tale”

Francesca Bell: “The Fleeting Line”
Joseph Rex Young: “But Are They Fantasy?: Peake’s Titus Novels and Modern Fantasy Theory”

Zoë Wilcox: “The Imagination at Work: A Study of the Drawings in the Gormenghast Manuscripts

17:00- 18:30 – Tours of the Otter Gallery
Otter Gallery - LRC

18:30 – Dinner

20:00-21:00 – Keynote Lecture
Joanne Harris, ‘The Inspirational Mervyn Peake’
Chair: Sebastian Peake
Venue: Mitre Theatre

Saturday, July 16th

Otter Gallery Open:  10am -2pm
Bookshop: 10 pm – 2.30pm

9:00 – 10:00 – Registration for Day Delegates
Venue: Cloisters quad

10:00-11:30 Parallel Session C
Panel One: Landscape/Space
Chair: Peter Winnington
Venue: E310

Panel Two: Poetry
Chair: Miles Leeson
Venue: E312

Simon Eckstein: “There’s No Place like Home”
Robert Maslen: “Peake and Nonsense Poetry”
Edward Carey: “Architecture and Space”
Sara Wasson: “Sentient Ruins and the Ventriloquised Dead: Mervyn Peake’s Wartime Poetry”
Irene Martyniuk: “(In)visible Black Holes: The Aporias of Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast Trilogy”

11:30-12:00 Tea & Coffee

12:00-13:00 – Keynote Lecture
Farah Mendlesohn, ‘Peake and the Fuzzy Set of Fantasy: What if Brian Attebery had taken Gormenghast as the centre of his fuzzy set instead of Lord of the Rings?’
Chair: Mark Mason
Venue: Mitre Theatre

13:00-14:30 – Lunch

14:30 -15:30 – Keynote Lecture
Sebastian Peake
Chair: TBC
Venue: Mitre Theatre

15:30-16:00 - Tea & Coffee

16:00-17:30 – Parallel Session D
Panel One: Peake and the Canon
Chair: Colin Manlove
Venue: E310

Panel Two: Performing Peake
Chair:  Brian Sibley
Venue: E312

Mark Andresen: “A Painter’s Ecstasy”
Kim Pearce, “Adapting Boy in Darkness 
Gaby Steinke, “Pirates and Explorers: Mervyn Peake in and beyond the ‘Boys’ Own’ Tradition”
Aaron Paterson, Blue Elephant Theatre: “Performing Peake”
John Vernon Lord, “A Tutorial with Mervyn Peake”

17:30-18:30- Keynote Lecture
Katherine Langrish, 'Exchanging Certainty for Uncertainty: Mervyn Peake Explores the Realms of Children's Fiction'. 
Chair: Visiting Professor, Jacqueline Simpson
Venue: Mitre Theatre

18:30- Dinner

20:00 – Performance
Boy In Darkness written by Tim Franklin, directed by Kim Pearce
Venue: Dance Studio One

Sunday, July 17th
Otter Gallery Open: 10am-2pm
Bookshop: 10am – 2pm

11:00 – 12:00 Keynote Lecture
Brian Sibley, ‘Titus Aloud’
Chair : Jane Carroll
Venue: Cloisters

12:00- 13:00 Performance
Stuart Olesker: “Adhesive Smiles: Nonsense and a Taste for Language in Peake’s Poetry. A Reading of a Range of Peake’s Nonsense and Serious Poetry”
Venue: Dance Studio One

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Performance:
Jaw Rattle Productions: “Mervyn Peake: As I See It”
Venue: Dance Studio One

15:00 – 16:00 Performance
Prudence Chamberlain, Blackshaw Theatre: “Adapting Titus Groan: Creating the ‘Sublime Character’ Through Collaborative Writing” followed by rehearsed readings of new material
Venue: Dance Studio One