Welcome to the website for the half-day postgraduate conference 'Worlds Built out of Words: Literary Environments'. The conference will be held on the 28th of April 2010 at the University of Bristol.

Please view and download our call for papers
here. We welcome submissions of 250-word proposals addressed to Holly Conroy.

Stay up to date with the latest conference developments by subscribing to the site using the RSS feature below, or follow us on

Information on last year's English MA half-day conference, 'Celebrating the Dead', can be accessed here.

'Worlds Built out of Words: Literary Environments' is kindly supported by the
Bristol University Alumni Foundation, Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA) and the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).

A Thank You

posted 11 May 2010, 09:33 by John Edwards   [ updated 15 Dec 2010, 10:02 ]

A huge thank you to all speakers and attendees of this year's MA half-day conference, 'Worlds Built out of Words'. A special thank you to Dr. Penny Fielding for coming down from Edinburgh, Alice Oswald for coming up from Devon, and of course all speakers who traveled to give great papers. Thank you also to our noble sponsors, BIRTHA, The Alumni Foundation and BARS. By all accounts the day was a fine success - we certainly hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We have set up a Facebook group to facilitate ongoing contact between attendees. To find and join it, simply search on facebook for 'Worlds Built out of Words'.

Many thanks again!

Alex, Dan, Fiona, Holly, John, Loryn, Sarah and Shanyn

Time's winged charriot

posted 26 Apr 2010, 03:37 by John Edwards   [ updated 15 Dec 2010, 10:00 ]

Final preparations are underway for the 28th. Palms are no doubt starting to moisten for those of us giving papers, but excitement is certainly building.

We've had a good number of registration forms completed so far. A quick reminder that if you'd like to attend, please fill out a form (if you haven't already) using the link to the left of this page.

We look forward to meeting all speakers/attendees on Wednesday - there should be about 50 of us in total. For those making their way from outside Bristol, a safe journey to you all.

See you Wednesday!

Updates, OUP, Counting Down...

posted 19 Apr 2010, 08:18 by John Edwards   [ updated 19 Apr 2010, 08:22 ]

More great abstracts and speaker bios have been added to their respective sections.

Oxford University Press will be in attendance at the conference, displaying the newest items from their catalog for conference speakers and attendees to browse.

9 days and counting!

Site Updated - abstracts and speaker profiles added

posted 5 Apr 2010, 03:41 by John Edwards

The site has been updated with abstracts and speaker profiles, accessible via the links on the left hand side. These sections will be updated over the next few weeks. In the mean time, they serve as a superb advertisement for the range and quality of papers we're expecting at the conference.

15 days and counting!

Registration Form Now Online

posted 5 Apr 2010, 03:35 by John Edwards   [ updated 22 Apr 2010, 02:40 ]

Please register to attend the conference by completing and returning this form to the email/postal address specified. The deadline for registration is Tuesday 27th April.

We look forward to receiving your completed forms!

Alice Oswald Poetry Reading to Close Conference

posted 30 Mar 2010, 15:13 by John Edwards   [ updated 30 Mar 2010, 15:29 ]

We are delighted to announce that Alice Oswald, celebrated nature poet, will be closing our conference with a performance of her work. Alice has recently won the inaugural Ted Hughes Poetry Award, a £5,000 prize intended to reward 'the most exciting poetry of the past year', triumphing against competition from Jackie Kay and former laureate Andrew Motion. We are hugely excited to be able to bring a much celebrated contemporary poet to Bristol and offer students and staff the chance to witness her work first hand.

Read the full story of Alice's award at The Guardian.

Plenary Speaker Announced: Dr Penny Fielding

posted 8 Feb 2010, 04:29 by John Edwards   [ updated 24 Feb 2010, 05:20 ]

We are delighted to announce our plenary speaker as Dr Penny Fielding, senior lecturer in English and Scottish literature at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Fielding has kindly agreed to return to Bristol (having previously held a lectureship here) to give the plenary session. Dr. Fielding's recent research, particularly on how Scottish literature of the Romantic period was shaped by the understanding of place and space, make her a particularly exciting addition to our conference program. Penny is also contributing to a forthcoming collection from Ashgate Press, 'Localism and Regionalism in British Literature and Culture, 1660 - 1830', edited by Evan Gottlieb and Juliet Sheilds. Dr. Fielding's plenary session will draw upon material prepared for this volume, presenting conference attendees with a chance to enjoy truly hot-off-the-press research!

More details on Dr. Fielding and her publications can be found via the link on the navigation bar to the left.

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