Thursday, 23 August 2012

NZ Studies Network Symposium ‘Making a Literary Tradition: E. G. Wakefield, Katherine Mansfield and Vital Narratives’


Saturday 29th September, Birkbeck, University of London (room tba)

presents the symposium

‘Making a Literary Tradition: E. G. Wakefield, Katherine Mansfield and Vital Narratives’


Session 1 10.00 to 12.00 : Philip Temple: ‘Fact or Fiction: The Wakefield Literary Tradition’

                                         Diane Brown: ‘Hooked: Addicted to Narrative’

Session 2 12.30 to 2.00 :  Moira Taylor: ‘Revisiting Katharine Mansfield’

Philip Temple: Philip Temple will discuss the influential colonists, the Wakefield family, the subject of his prize winning study A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields. He will examine the remarkable sequence of books published over four generations of Wakefields from the late-18th to the mid-19th century, from Priscilla Wakefield's pioneering children's books to Jerningham Wakefield's Adventure in New Zealand and referring to Dickens's debt to Edward Gibbon Wakefield.

Diane Brown, poet, novelist, memoirist and creative writing tutor, will read some new poems, extracts from her novel, Hooked and her prose/ poetic memoir Here Comes Another Vital Moment.

Moira Taylor will recall the winter of 1973-74, the fiftieth anniversary of Katherine Mansfield’s death, and the making of a radio documentary, Her Bright Image, in which three people close to Mansfield search their memories of nearly half a century before to recall the Katherine each knew. The anniversary events include the BBC series which dramatised Mansfield's life and short stories, her hitherto unpublished letters to Bertrand Russell, a celebratory edition of the literary quarterly Adam, and an interview with Vanessa Redgrave, who portrayed Katherine in the BBC series.

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