IAWAFL has been holding its Annual Conference at a British seaside town since 1066. (The 1349 event was cancelled, because of the Black Death.) It is usually attended by well over a dozen leading ELT Bores. It includes talks, workshops, seminars, symposiums, colloquiums, forums, wine-and-cheese evenings and bring-and-buy sales.
You will find full details in the current IAWAFL Voices, assuming we remembered to post your copy.
The 938th IAWAFL Annual Conference was held in Felixstowe’s premier guest house, La Vue Roll-on Roll-off. Among its illustrious former guests (according to the proprietor, Mrs “Flossie” O’Brien, in her welcoming speech in the TV Lounge) was the celebrated newsreader Kenneth Kendall, who stayed there for a night in 1974.
This year the quality of papers and discussion was unmatched. Delegates will always remember the witty debate in which Jeremy Hamster wittily defended his wheel of English against the witty scepticism of Michael Duck, not to mention the moving ten-minute silence (led by Mario) in memory of grammatical structures that had become extinct since last year’s conference. And of course nobody could possibly forget the end-of-conference party, with its traditional punch-up, ill-advised shags and prolonged vomiting.
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