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Short Story Conference: Edgehill University: Ormskirk

edgehill university ormskirk short story conference2007 Short Story Conference

* ‘The Story Shall Be Changed’: Tales and Re-tellings in the Short Story
* Saturday 21st July 2007, Edge Hill University

The short story is a protean form, encompassing myth, fable, anecdote, tall tales, yarns and literary experimentation. Rooted in oral tradition, storytelling has a special affinity with popular genres such as science fiction and tales of the supernatural.

In this second one-day conference on the short story at Edge Hill, we focus on this multiplicity of forms and genres. We also consider the re-imagining of familiar narratives, themes and imagery; and the invention of new ones. How is the short story being transformed in the twenty-first century?

The conference is linked with the inaugural presentation of the Edge Hill Prize, for a published single author collection from the British Isles. The winner will be announced on the eve of the conference, and it is hoped that writers from the shortlist (announced May 2007) will take part in the conference reading.

Confirmed speakers include:

* Professor Alan Wall (Richard Dadd in Bedlam and Other Stories)
* Andy Sawyer (Science Fiction Foundation, University of Liverpool)
* Cecilia Morreau (Leaf Books)

Call for Papers

Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited from all those writing and researching the short story, whether as practitioners or literary scholars (or both). Practice-based presentations are welcome. Suggested topics:

* Genre and sub-genre – crime – horror – the ghost story – fantasy – science fiction – gothic – erotica – autobiography – online writing – multi-media – hybrid genres.
* Intertextuality – myth and symbolism – image-based fiction – the epiphany – adaptation - oral storytelling - modernism and postmodernism.
* Individual authors – re-readings and reworkings – writing in translation - postcolonial fiction – experiment and innovation – novellas – story sequences – flash fiction – anthologies.

This is the second annual conference hosted by the North West Short Story Network, supported by Lancaster University, Liverpool Hope, St Martin’s Lancaster, University of Chester, Bolton University, Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire).

Following last year’s conference, The Short Story, a selection of papers, including A.L. Kennedy’s opening speech, will be published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2008.

Booking Fees: £55/£30 (students, unwaged).

For further information please contact:

* Dr Ailsa Cox, Department of English, Edge Hill University, St Helens Rd, Ormskirk L39 4QP
* Email: coxa AT

Short Story Programme of Events

9.30 am
Arrival and Registration (Management Centre Reception)

Opening Panel (MC8)
Professor Alan Wall (Richard Dadd in Bedlam and Other Stories)
Andy Sawyer (Science Fiction Foundation, University of Liverpool)
Cecilia Morreau (Leaf Books)


Panel 1: Re-Readings (MC4)
Dr Peter Killick, Cardiff University: Allan Cunningham and Folklore in the London Magazine
Dr Jacqueline Phillips, Modernist Chekhov: Master of the Short Story
Kym Brindle, Edge Hill University: Authentic Illusion: Author[ity] and New Frontiers
Chair: Dr Rob Spence, Edge Hill University

Panel 2: Re-inventing the Form (MC5)
Ursula Hurley, University of Salford: Less is more - how miniature fictions are asking some big questions.
Dr Paola Trimarco, The Open University: Completing Narratives in Flash Fiction
Dr Helen Newall and Karen Hay, Edge Hill University: This is what it sounds like
Chair: Dr Ashley Chantler, University of Chester

Panel 3: Impossibilities (MC6)
Dr Alison Kelly, University of Reading: 9/11 and the Annihilation of Narrative

Dr Brian Baker, Lancaster University Iterative Architecture: the Short Story and the Ballardian Text

Lisa Ratcliffe, Edge Hill University:
Chair: Dr Ailsa Cox, Edge Hill University

Tea and Coffee

Reading: The Edge Hill PrizeEADING



Panel 1: Intertextuality (MC4)
Dr Rob Spence, Edge Hill University: Shakespeare, Cervantes and Sophia: Intertextuality, Parody and Pastiche in the short stories of Anthony Burgess
Dr Maithrie White, Sri Jayawardenepura University, Sri Lanka: Fragmented Fillets of Fantasy: Fantastic Humorous Chaos and Its Postmodern Imitators
Victoria Adams, Newcastle University: Origins
Chair: Dr Helen Newall, Edge Hill University

Panel 2: Metamorphosis (MC5)
Phil Nichols, University of Wolverhampton School of Art & Design: Re-telling Tales - Ray Bradbury’s short stories in adaptation
Shirley Jones, Liverpool Hope University: Mythical Beings - Narratives of Desire, Change and Transformation in Kate Atkinson’s Not the End of the World.
Carol Fenlon, Edge Hill University: ‘Jimmy’s Discovery’: A Story of Myths and Monsters
Chair: Professor Linden Peach, Edge Hill University

Panel 3: Changing Perspectives (MC6)
Chaturvedi Divi, University of Wales Bangor: ‘The Flower Vase’
Roy Gray, Independent Scholar: (From Interzone)
Dr Ailsa Cox, Edge Hill University: A Short Walk Round a Story
Chair: Ursula Hurley, Salford University

Panel 4: Natural and Supernatural (MC8)
Sally Harvey – University of Wales, Bangor: ‘The Raven’
Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards, Edge Hill University: ‘ “A modicum of blood, shed with deliberation”: Fear, Form and the Ghost Stories of M. R. James’.
Paul Houghton, Staffordshire University: Writing Gothic Fiction.
Chair: tbc

Tea and Coffee

Reading: Celebrating the Short Story

* David Evans
* E.A. Markham
* Sarah Salway
* Dave Swann
* Alan Wall

Farewell and Close
Additional Information

* All sessions take place in the Management Centre
* There will be a bookstall during registration and lunch
* The Campus bus leaves for Ormskirk and station every 15 minutes
* For an Ormskirk taxis call 01695 575757

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Anne S Livesey Says:

    Please can I come to 2014 conference?

    I am a student at Edge Hill - on PGC Tutor (Dyslexia) course.

  2. Jacob Says:

    hi there, good article about great conference. i rememeber i tried to write literature essay about Edge Hill story and honestly i was screwed up and my teacher wasn’t satisfied my study so my education rolled down the slippery slope.

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