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CURRENT EVENTS

‘Midwinter Myths’, Dr Steven O’Brien
Tuesday 5 December 2017, 5.30-7 pm
Cloisters, University of Chichester

Steven O’Brien will read an unpublished new tale inspired by Yuletide mythology, as well as reading from his latest book Britannic Myths, a collection of creative retellings of British and Irish myths illustrated by Joe Machine.

Steven is the editor of the London Magazine (Britain’s oldest literary journal), and is well known for his fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry.

Free and open to all. Contact h.robbins@chi.ac.uk to reserve your ticket.


PREVIOUS EVENTS

Arthur Rackham in Sussex on his 150th birthday
Exhibition, 8 September – 29 October 2017
Bateman’s, East Sussex

19 September 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Arthur Rackham’s birth. Rackham (1867- 1939) was one of the leading illustrators in Britain’s ‘Golden Age’ of book illustration, and his works are still hugely popular today. He is linked to Bateman’s, Rudyard Kipling’s home in Burwash, East Sussex, through his illustrations of Puck of Pook’s Hill, a tale Kipling based on the house and gardens, and to Sussex in general through a number of locations. To celebrate, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy presents this exhibition of Arthur Rackham’s works inspired by Sussex at National Trust Bateman’s, alongside research-led responses to them by Fine Art MA student Emma Martin. For information about admission charges and opening times, visit the Bateman's website.

With thanks to the National Trust, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Chris Beetles Gallery, Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums, the East Sussex Arts Partnership, the Arthur Rackham Society, the Rudyard Kipling Society, Pook Press and Burwash Parish Council

Arthur Rackham in Sussex: A 150th Birthday Symposium
Saturday 16 September 2017, Saturday 16 September, 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.
Friends Meeting House, Priory Rd,  Chichester, PO19 1NX

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of ‘Golden Age’ illustrator Arthur Rackham, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy welcomes you to a day of talks on his work, illustrations and legacy, as well as a one-off musical performance of Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué’s Undine. Ticket price includes lunch, refreshments and concert.

Arthur Rackham in Sussex: A 150th Birthday Concert
Lunchtime concert, Saturday 16 September 2017
Chichester Assembly Rooms, 82 North Street, PO19 1LQ

This concert performance will retell the narrative of Undine, interspersed with some of the most iconic musical versions of the story, all set against Arthur Rackham definitive illustrations. Please feel free to bring food and drink to this lunchtime performance. 

Steven O’Brien, ‘Britannic Myths’
Thursday 27th April 2017, 5.30-7 p.m., Academic Building 1.01

Reading and book signing.

Britannic Myths is a book of eighteen creative retellings of British and Irish myths by mythographer Steven O’Brien alongside new paintings and illustrations by Joe Machine. At this event Steve will present selected readings, accompanied by Joe Machine’s images, followed by a book signing.

Children’s Fantasy Literature: An interview with Prof. Farah Mendlesohn
Monday 14 November 2016, 6-7.30 p.m., L04, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Fantasy has been an important and much-loved part of children’s literature for hundreds of years, yet relatively little has been written about it. Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History at Anglia Ruskin University, recently co-authored Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, examining the works of Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, C.S. Lewis, Roald Dahl, J.K. Rowling and others from across the English-speaking world to place each in its appropriate context within the fantasy tradition. This event will be an interview and discussion of Mendlesohn’s research.

Fairy tale writing workshop
Wednesday 12 October 2016, 3-5 p.m. or 5.30-7.30 p.m., Room UH4, Bishop Otter Campus

Come explore the history and craft of fairy tales by writing your own! Whether you want to subvert the tale of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ or dream up a new story that takes place in a wondrous fairy-tale world, this workshop aims to integrate writing exercises and story planning with an introduction to the genre of fairy tales.

This event is sponsored by A Chapter Away, residential creative writing courses in south-west France with authors, agents and publishers (www.achapteraway.com).

Jeremy Harte, ‘Subversive or What? Fairy Tradition and Social Order’
Monday 31 October 2016, 6-7.30 p.m., L04, Bishop Otter Campus

For a secret people, the fairies have been surprisingly conspicuous in social protest – administering rough justice in colonial Ireland, leading French forest guerrillas, and pixying JCBs at road protest camps. Are these just casual appropriations of the fairy mask, or do they reveal something about the lore behind it?

Jeremy Harte is a researcher into folklore and archaeology, with a particular interest in sacred space and tales of encounters with the supernatural. His book Explore Fairy Traditions won the Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Award in 2005.

Dr Sue Short, ‘Fairy Tale and Film’
Monday 18 April 2016, 5.30-6.30 p.m., L04, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester

Sue Short is a lecturer in film and media, a research fellow, and writer. Her previous works include Fairy Tale and Film: Old Tales with a New SpinMisfit Sisters: Screen Horror as Female Rites of PassageCyborg Cinema and Cult Telefantasy Series. In this public lecture she will examine how fairy-tale tropes have been reworked in contemporary film, from rom coms to horror movies.

Prof. Andrew Teverson, ‘The Fairy-tale Collections of Andrew Lang and Joseph Jacobs: Empire, Nation and Identity’
Monday 14 March 2016, 5.15-6.30 p.m., Cloisters, University of Chichester

Andrew Teverson is Professor of English Literature and Head of Humanities at Kingston University, London. His recent work includes The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Lang (2015, co-edited with Alexandra Warwick and Leigh Wilson), shortlisted for the Folklore Society’s Katharine Briggs Folklore Award in 2015, and Fairy Tale for the Routledge New Critical Idiom series (2013).

Dame Marina Warner, Fly Away Home
Wednesday 3 February 2016, 5.15-6.30 p.m., the Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester

Marina Warner, writer and mythographer, will present short stories tinged with fairy tale from her third collection of short stories, Fly Away Home, followed by a chaired discussion and Q&A with the audience. Warner has written several critical and historical books and essays exploring the history of myth and fairy tale. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by 11 Universities and was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2005. In 2008 she was made a CBE for services to literature.

Kate Mosse, The Taxidermist's Daughter
Tuesday 17 November 2015, 17:15-18:30, The Mitre Lecture Theatre, University of Chichester

Kate Mosse is the multi-million bestselling novelist whose book Labyrinth was #1 in UK paperback for six months and was named one of the Top 25 books of the past 25 years by the bookselling chain Waterstones. Translated into thirty languages and adapted as a major television film on Channel 4 at Easter 2013, it was followed by the equally successful Sepulchre and Citadel, and several short story collections.

A Celebration of Folklore in Sussex and the South Downs
Saturday 31st October 2015, 2-4 p.m., Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus

To celebrate the release of our illustrated map of folklore in Sussex and the South Downs, produced with the kind support of the South Downs National Park, the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy is hosting a special celebration of local folktales and songs.

Dr Steve O’Brien will read ‘St Dunstan and the Devil’, Joanna Gilar will perform ‘The Witch of Ditchling’ and Cotillion will introduce the audience to a selection of Sussex folk songs for this special Hallowe’en event. With Guest of Honour Jacqueline Simpson, without whom the map could not have been made.

Professor William Gray, ‘Why we need Fairy Tales’
Wednesday 7th October 2015, 6 p.m., Mitre Lecture Theatre BOC

Professor Bill Gray of the University of Chichester’s Department of English & Creative Writing, and Director of the Sussex Centre of Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, will be giving a public University Lecture on ‘Why we need fairy tales’.

Bill’s role at the Sussex Centre has allowed him to work with many of the world’s top scholars in Fairy-tale Studies, and with a group of exciting young postgraduate scholars. He was Folklore Advisor to the film Snow White and the Huntsman; his forthcoming book is an edition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Fables and Fairy Tales.

Networking event for fairy-tale writers/researchers
Friday 18th September, from 5 p.m., Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus

A free networking event for fairy-tale fiction writers/researchers will be hosted by the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy on Bishop Otter Campus next Friday. The event is open to any fairy-tale fiction writers and researchers who wish to attend.

The broad topic of discussion will be 'the enduring elements of fairy tales'. Sherryl Clark, a PhD student from Australia, is visiting the Sussex as part of her research into these elements (what makes fairy tales 'stick', as Zipes puts it). She plans to use these elements in four original fairy-tale picture books and a novel for children. The event has been organised to allow her to discuss her topic with other researchers and writers.

Wonderlands exhibition

A selection of illustrations from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by John Vernon Lord and Mervyn Peake is now on display in the University of Chichester's Otter Gallery. The exhibition is part of the nationwide celebration of Alice's 150th anniversary, and runs in association with the one-day symposium, 'Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy' here at the Sussex Centre on Saturday 23 May.
This is a free event running until the end of September. For the gallery's opening times please visit http://www.chi.ac.uk/otter-gallery/visit-us

'The Folklore of Sussex', Prof. Jacqueline Simpson
Tuesday 16 June, 5.15-6.30 p.m., room H144, Bishop Otter Campus

England’s foremost living folklorist, former Folklore Adviser to Terry Pratchett and the Sussex Centre’s Visiting Professor of Folklore, Jacqueline Simpson will present an introduction to Sussex's folktales. To explore the tales further, a free interactive map of folktales in Sussex and the South Downs will be available to download from today. This event is part of the Festival of Chichester.

Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling Fairy Tales and Fantasy
PGR Symposium, 23 May 2015, University of Chichester. Kindly sponsored by www.Zharmae.com - get your fiction fix!

Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this event is primarily aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers, although other scholars and the general public will be welcome.

We are delighted to announce that Professor Diane Purkiss of Oxford University, who is also a creative writer of fantasy fiction (under the pseudonym ‘Tobias Druitt’), will give the Keynote Lecture, five years after her inaugural lecture at the Sussex Centre in 2010. Other speakers may include Alice illustrator John Vernon Lord and creative writer and storyteller Steven O’Brien. The day will close with a series of performances from professional storytellers which engage with the theme of wonder lands.

Kindly sponsored by www.Zharmae.com - get your fiction fix!

Shaun Gunner, 'Tolkien and/or Jackson? Filming Tolkien’s legendarium’
Tuesday 24th February, 5.15-6.30 p.m., room E124, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, PO19 6PE

Shaun Gunner, who is Chairman of The Tolkien Society and runs the Tolkien Gateway website, will give a visual presentation on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, discussing how the films and books compare.

Kindly sponsored by www.Zharmae.com - get your fiction fix!

Dr Steve O’Brien, ‘British and Irish Folktales’
Wednesday 21 January 2015, 5.15-6.30 p.m., room H144, University of Chichester. Kindly sponsored by www.Zharmae.com - get your fiction fix!

Editor of the London Magazine, Visiting Fellow of Creative Writing at Chichester, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, Steve O’Brien will be presenting his latest work, a retelling of British and Irish folktales. Recent published work includes the poetry collections Dark Hill Dreams and Scrying Stone.

Dr Darren Oldridge, ‘Fairies, Imps, Goblins and Bogies in Early Modern England’
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hursday 23 October 2014, 5.15-6.30 p.m., Cloisters, University of Chichester. Kindly sponsored by www.Zharmae.com - get your fiction fix!

Dr Darren Oldridge teaches History at the University of Worcester. He is a specialist in early modern religious history, with a particular interest in witchcraft and the Devil; his most recent books are The Devil: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press: 2012) and The Devil in Tudor and Stuart England (2nd edition: History Press 2010). At present he is writing a study of the supernatural in early modern England, to be published by Routledge next year.

Jacqueline Simpson, ‘Folktales of England’
Tuesday 4 November, 3-5 p.m., room H149, University of Chichester. Kindly sponsored by www.Zharmae.com - get your fiction fix!

England’s foremost living folklorist, Folklore Advisor to Terry Pratchett and the Centre’s Visiting Professor of Folklore, Jacqueline Simpson will present an introduction to England’s folktales. England has rather more folktales than people assume, including many local and migratory legends, though they are mainly Sagen not Märchen.

‘Land Under Wave: Reading the Landscape of Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books’
Tuesday 25th March, 2.00–4pm

Jane teaches children’s literature at Roehampton University; her book Landscape in Children’s Literature appeared in Routledge’s prestigious Children’s Literature and Culture Series in 2012. A must for Pratchett fans!

Robin Furth, ‘The Marvel Comics’ version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series’
Thursday 13th March, 5.15–6.30pm

Robin was Stephen King’s personal research assistant and author of Stephen King's The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance. She plotted the comic book spin-off mini-series The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born and The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins.

The American Fantasy Tradition
Tuesday 25th February, 5.15–6.30pm

Well-known for his acclaimed books on Tolkien (The Road to Middle-earth and Tolkien: Author of the Century) Tom Shippey introduces another of his passions: the American Fantasy tradition, somewhat eclipsed by Tolkien and his successors, but distinctive, imaginative, and above all funny. 

Picturing the Princess
23 November 2013 - 26 January 2014

This exhibition will feature the illustrations of six familiar and much-loved fairy-tales – 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Cinderella', 'Snow White', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Rapunzel' and 'Beauty and the Beast' – by Grimm, Perrault and other authors. As well as framed pictures, there will also be first edition books and other artefacts of various illustrators, among them Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Mervyn Peake and Mabel Lucie Attwell. ‘Grimm Girls: Picturing the “Princess”’ is curated by Dr Anne Anderson, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, in association with the University’s Department of English and Creative Writing and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.

One-day Symposium of leading fantasy and fairy-tale experts

Monday 25 November 2013
Kindly sponsored by Scrivener.

  • Maria Nikolajeva, ‘“Iron is stronger than grief, but love is stronger than iron”: Reading fairy-tale emotions through words and illustrations.’
  • Terri Windling, ‘Into the Woods: One Writer-and-Artist’s Journey into Fairy Tales’.
  • Jack Zipes, ‘Reinvigorating the Fairy Tale: Radical Visions and Feminist Interpretations in Paintings, Sculptures, and Photography’.

About our event sponsor:

Scrivener is a content-generation tool that enables users to outline and structure ideas, take notes, view research alongside writing and compose the constituent pieces of a text in isolation or in context. Visit http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php for more information.

From Steampunk to Pullman and beyond: Exploring the varieties of 'punk'
Tuesday 5 March at 4.30-6 p.m.
Frauke Matz, Lecturer in English at Duisburg-Essen University and author of He Simply Went to Pieces presents this introductory lecture to all things punk.
This event was cancelled due to illness.

Storytelling, storywriting, storyprinting: Telling tales and the origins of children’s books
Monday 11 March 2013, 5.15-7 pm in the Mitre Lecture Theatre, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester
Ruth Bottigheimer and Matthew Grenby, Professors at New York and Newcastle respectively, will share the platform at the first ever joint event to be co-hosted by the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy (SCFFF) and the South Coast Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Research Group (SCERRG).

‘Old, New, Borrowed and Blue’: A Fairy-Tale Symposium
On Tuesday 26 March, Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota and founding father of the academic discipline of Fairy Tale studies, will give a lecture at the University of Chichester. He’ll be preceded by talks by children’s literature expert Nick Tucker and by Jacqueline Simpson, Visiting Professor of Folklore at the University of Chichester. This fairy tale symposium will run as follows:
• 3 p.m. Jacqueline Simpson: ‘Terry Pratchett: Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men’
• 4.15 p.m. Nicholas Tucker: ‘Grimm Parents’
• 6 p.m. Jack Zipes: ‘Once Upon a Time: Changing the World through Storytelling’.
Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE

Sex, Lies and Videotape: The Brothers Grimm Experience
Wednesday 10 October 2012, 5.15-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus
Professional story-teller Janet Dowling presents the story of how the brothers Grimm cleaned up their act for contemporary readers … and what Disney did next.

Grimms’ Fairy Tales Study Day
The Children’s Books History Society is staging a Study Day on Saturday 13 October 2012 to celebrate Two Hundred Years of the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales. The venue is the Church Hall of the Great Crown Court Church of Scotland in London’s Covent Garden. The speakers will be:
Brian Alderson on ‘The Making of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen’; Neil Philips on ‘The Influence of the Grimms’; Geoff Fox on ‘There’s Game in the Wind’; Nick Tucker on ‘How grim are the Grimms’ fairy-tale parents?’; David Blaimres on ‘The Role of the Forest in Grimms’ Fairy Tales’; Susan Bailes on ‘The Illustrators of Grimms’ Fairy Tales’.
Robert Kirkpatrick, email: Rkirkpatrick.molesworth@virgin.net

Launch of new Sussex Centre journal Gramarye
Tuesday 29 May 2012 at 5.15pm in Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester. There will be readings by Steve O’Brien (Editor of the London Magazine, poet and Creative Writing Fellow at Chichester University) of new versions of British and Danish folktales. Prof. Bill Gray will also give a short talk about the history of the word gramarye. Entrance free. Copies of Gramarye on sale (£5).

Visual Images in Literary Fairy Tales: in and behind the text
Monday 16 April 2012, 5.15pm-6:30pm, Mitre Lecture Theatre, Bishop Otter Campus
Larisa Prokhorava of Kemerovo State University, Russia

Images of Witches: History, Fairy Tales, Films
Wednesday 21 March 2012, 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus
Willem de Blécourt is Honorary Research Fellow at the Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam, and author of Beyond the Witch Trials: Witchcraft and Magic in Enlightenment Europe, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe and Werewolves.

Folklore and Fantasy Conference
The Folklore Society and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy are delighted to announce a joint conference on 'Folklore and Fantasy' at the University of Chichester on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th April 2012.

Fantasy, Ecocriticism and the Place of the Romantic Imagination
Wednesday 23 November 2011, 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus
Professor Bill Gray will give a talk based on material from Fantasy, Art and Life, the recently published third volume in his trilogy of books on fantasy literature (the others being Fantasy, Myth and the Measure of Truth and Death and Fantasy). Fantasy, Art and Life has just been issued in paperback, and will be available at a 25% discount at the talk.

Illustrating Fables
Wednesday 12 October 2011, 5.15pm-6:30pm, Cloisters, Bishop Otter Campus
John Vernon Lord, illustrator, author and teacher, has illustrated many classical texts, including Aesop’s Fables, The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear; the Folio Society’s Myths and Legends of the British Isles, and Epics of the Middle Ages. In addition, he has illustrated many classics of children’s literature including Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark. He has made extensive contributions to the world of contemporary poetry and narrative, and has written and illustrated several children’s books, which have been published widely and translated into several languages. His book The Giant Jam Sandwich has been in print for over thirty years. As a university professor John Vernon Lord has lectured on the art of illustration for over 40years and is pre-eminent in the field. Most recently he has been working on Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass.

Mervyn Peake Centenary Events in Chichester
July 2011
A conference entitled 'Mervyn Peake and the Fantasy Tradition' to be held in the University of Chichester on 15-17th July 2011, to mark Peake’s 100th birthday and the publication of Titus Awakes, Maeve Gilmore’s conclusion, as she envisaged it, of her husband’s Titus Groan or Gormenghast trilogy.
Speakers to include Joanne Harris, Peter Winnington, Brian Sibley, Colin Manlove, Farah Mendlesohn, Katherine Langrish and Sebastian Peake.
Two exhibitions of Peake’s illustrative works to be held in Chichester’s Pallant House Gallery and The Otter Gallery concurrently with the conference.

“Enter Caelia, the Fairy Queen in her night attire”: Shakespeare and the Fairies
24 May 2011, 5.15pm-6:30pm, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Michael Hattaway, Emeritus Professor of English Literature, University of Sheffield, is editor of A Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture; The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama and Shakespeare in the New Europe.

Fairy Tales in Print. A Troubled History
1 March 2011, 5.15pm-6:30pm, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Nicholas Tucker, honorary Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, University of Sussex. His books include: The Child and the Book: Psychological and Literary Exploration; Family Fictions: Contemporary Classics of Children’s Literature; The Rough Guide to Children’s Books; and Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman

From translation to rewriting: text and image in Angela Carter’s The Fairy Tales of Perrault and The Bloody Chamber
23 November 2010, 5.15pm-6:30pm, L06, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Dr. Martine Hennard Dutheil de la Rochère, University of Lausanne

The Legend of Spring-heeled Jack: Urban Folklore in Victorian Popular Culture
9 November 2010, 5.15pm-6:30 pm, L06, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Dr. Karl Bell, University of Portsmouth

Terry Pratchett: A Vast Consumer of Folklore
12 October 2010, 5.15pm-6:30 pm, Mitre Lecture Theatre, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane
Dr Jacqueline Simpson
This will be Jacqueline’s Inaugural Lecture as Professor of Folklore at the University of Chichester

George MacDonald: Master of Fantasy, Seer of Arundel
10 July 2010, 2:00 pm, Mitre Lecture Theatre
'George MacDonald: Master of Fantasy, Seer of Arundel': an illustrated talk
This is part of the 2010 Chichester Festivities and admission is free.

England – the land without folklore?
20 April 2010, 5.15pm-6:30 pm, Cloisters
Dr. Jonathan Roper (University of Tartu , Estonia, and Honorary Research Fellow, at the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield)

The Dragons of England
23 February 2010, 5:15-6:30 pm, University of Chichester
Dr. Jacqueline Simpson (former President, Folklore Society)

The Undomestic Witch: Scottish Witches, Fairies, and Old Religions
9 February 2010, 5:15-6:30 pm, Mitre Lecture Theatre
Diane Purkiss (Faculty of English, University of Oxford/ Fellow and Tutor, Keble College)