LIES 2007


Literature in English Symposium 

"Only the impossible is worth the effort"

Magic and the occult in the literature in English 

Lindsay Clarke, the author of The Chymical Wedding, was our guest of honour in 2007.


Lindsay Clarke was born in 1939 in Halifax, West Yorkshire. He is a British novelist. He was educated at Heath Grammar School in Halifax and at King's College Cambridge. He worked in education for many years in Africa, America and the UK before becoming a full-time writer. He currently lives in Somerset. Lindsay Clarke is at present the Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Cardiff, where he was Writer-in-Residence in 1996.


Lindsay Clarke also runs writing workshops, weekly in Bath and monthly in London. He lectures widely on subjects related to his work and the Philosophy of the Imagination. Recent lectures include:


The Jung Association, London, 1996

The Manchester Schumacher Lecture, 1997

Royal Festival Hall, London, 1997

Second Annual Conference on The New Metaphysical Art, University of Sussex, 1998

British Council, Leipzig, 1998

The Language of Water Conference, Bath, 2001.


Lindsay has been Scholar-in-Residence at Schumacher College where he teaches occasionally, and Creative Director of the Dartington Conference in 1995 (Myth In Our Time) and 1996 (Celebrating The Mysteries). He has been a Judge of the Pushkin Prizes, a schoolchildren's writing project based in Northern Ireland, and he also teaches occasionally at Dartington Hall, Arvon, Ty Newydd and the Skyros Centre.


His novel The Chymical Wedding won the Whitbread Fiction Prize in 1989. Most recently, Clarke has published novelizations about the Trojan war.



 Sunday Whiteman (1987) - short-listed for the Higham First Novel Prize

The Chymical Wedding (1989)

Alice's Masque (1994)

Parzival And the Stone from Heaven: A Grail Romance Retold for Our Time (2001)



The War at Troy (2004)

Return from Troy (2005)


Other books:

 Essential Celtic Mythology, 1997 - reprinted in 1999 as Lindsay Clarke's Traditional Celtic Stories

The Program of LIES 2007