Wed, 22 Apr 2009
The University of East Anglia is hosting a major international conference devoted to the fairy tale.
The occasion for the event is the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of the short story collection, The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter.
The volume of rewritten and re-imagined fairy tales has had a profound impact, not only on other writers, but also on scholars interested in the history and interpretation of the genre. Carter herself taught in the School and was a close friend of the late professor Lorna Sage.
The conference has been organised by Dr Stephen Benson, a senior lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing (LIT).
Starting today (Wednesday, April 22) and running until Saturday, the event will see 90 delegates from all around the world including Japan, USA and Australia descend on the university.
Keynote speakers at the conference include the two leading writers on the fairy tale today, Marina Warner and Jack Zipes.
During his visit Prof Zipes will be holding a storytelling session and workshop at St Thomas More School in Norwich.
Along with readings by Michèle Roberts and Sara Maitland, the conference will also include a visit to the Norwich Puppet Theatre for a special performance of selected Grimms’ fairy tales by the Hungarian company, Figurina.
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