Conferences & Talks

Forthcoming Conference Papers

Presenting at the ‘Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness’ Symposium – University of Stirling – January 2016

“I know all the stories … but I still want to hear the world tell them the way only it can tell them”: Reimagining Russian folklore in Deathless and Egg and Spoon”, Global Fantastika – University of Lancaster – July 2016

Various panels, Nine Worlds – London – August 2016

Narrative and the Fractured Self in Gregory Maguire’s Lost, (Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self – University of Hull – September 2016

I am also lead organiser for the interdisciplinary conference Temporal Discombobulations: Time and the Experience of the Gothic, taking place in August 2016. More information is available on the official conference website.

Previous Conference Papers

‘Will the real monster please stand up?: Fear in the age of the sparkly vampire’, Reimagining the Gothic: Monsters and Monstrosities – University of Sheffield – May 2016

‘Wicked Girls: Oz as Asylum/Asylum as Oz’ as part of panel proposal Madness, Identity, and Horror in the Asylum – ‘Wicked Girls: Oz as Asylum/Asylum as Oz’, Asylums, Pathologies and the Themes of Madness: Patrick McGrath and his Gothic Contemporaries – University of Stirling – January 2016

‘Little Monsters: Hybrid offspring in steampunk and contemporary gothic texts’
‘The Company of Wolves’: Sociality, Animality, and Subjectivity in Literary and Cultural Narratives—Werewolves, Shapeshifters, and Feral Humans – University of Hertfordshire – September 2015

‘There’s no Place like Oz: Oz Reimagined On Screen and Off’
Locating Fantastika: An Interdisciplinary Conference – University of Lancaster – July 2015

Transitioning Bodies and Changeling Children in Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Out of Oz
Being Non/Human: Bodily Borders Conference – Queen Mary, University of London – June 2015

‘Through the Looking Glass: Adaptation as Mirror in Contemporary Fairy Tales’
Wonderlands Conference – University of Chichester – May 2015

‘New Wine in Old Bottles: Creating New Myth from Old in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years’
The Wizard of Oz and the Cultural Imagination – University of Brighton – November 2014

“Memory, Narrative and Constructions of the Self: Locating the Gothic in Gregory Maguire’s Lost
Locating the Gothic Conference And Festival – Limerick – October 2014

‘“Now what are we going to do about Dorothy?”: The Judgement of Dorothy in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years Series’
Returning to Oz: The Afterlife of Dorothy Hic Dragones – Manchester – February 2013

‘“No One Mourns the Wicked”: On the Nature of Evil and Monstrosity in Gregory Maguire’s The Wicked Years Series’
10th Global Monsters and the Monstrous Conference: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil – Mansfield College, Oxford – September 2012

‘“No One Mourns the Wicked”: Representing Witches in the Contemporary fiction of Gregory Maguire’
Capturing Witches: Histories, Stories, Images – Lancaster University – August 2012

‘New Wine in Old Bottles: Intertextuality and Creating New Myth in the Fantasy Fiction of Gregory Maguire’
Folklore & Fantasy Conference – University of Chichester – April 2012

‘Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know: Thirst, Lust & Abstinence in the Suburban England of Matt Haig’s The Radleys
Vegetarians, VILFs and Fang Bangers – De Monfort University – November 2010

‘Wicked and Conflict: Adapting Existing Narratives’
Creative Conflicts – University of Dundee – November 2010

‘“You are the most dangerous creature I’ve ever met!”: Reading Female Sexuality as Monstrous in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight
Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture – University of Hertfordshire – April 2010

‘Paradise Lost? Adolescent Alienation in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
Alienation and Resistance: Representation in Text and Image – University of Dundee – June 2010

‘She Wore Pink Shoes: The Cross Gendered Voice in Suzanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Exploding the Cannon – University of Stirling – May 2008

‘Sixteen, Alone and Uncommonly Pretty: Representations of Victorian Gender in Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart Novels’
Debating the Difference: Gender, Representation and Self-Representation – University of Dundee – May 2008

‘Mother Eve: Philip Pullman and Conceptions of Good and Evil’
Sub/Versions: Cultural Status, Genre and Critique – University of Dundee – June 2006

Convention Appearance

Wicked or Wonderful?: Religion in Gregory Maguire’s Oz
Nine Worlds 2015 Religion Track – August 2015

Research Group Talk

“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say”: Reflections of the Non/Human in Gregory Maguire’s Mirror Mirror
Being Non/Human Research Group – Kings College London – May 3014

Guest Lecture

‘Adapting Narratives: Gregory Maguire’s Wicked’  for the HNC Professional Writing Skills module on ‘Narrative in Fiction and Film’, May 2010