Registration open for one day Peter Riley conference and readings

‘Where horizons meet’: a one-day conference on Peter Riley and readings of his work

Saturday 14th January 2012

Venue: The Keynes Library, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD, see map

Jointly held by Birkbeck and Royal Holloway and sponsored by Gylphi as part of the Contemporary Writers: Critical Essays book series (ed: Sarah Dillon, University of St Andrews)

Coffee: 10-10.30 am

Panel 1: Peter Riley and the British avant-garde (10.30 am-11.30 am)
Ian Heames: Reading on: eisogesis and the politics of refusal in Peter Riley’s accounts of contemporary difficulty
David Malcolm: Passing Measures? Peter Riley’s Poetics: Tradition and Avant Garde
Ian Brinton: Peter Riley as editor

Break: 11.30 am-11.45

Panel 2: Peter Riley and transfer (11.45-12.45)
Jamie Wilkes: ‘Limestone is the humanistic rock’: some limestone fantasies in the work of Adrian Stokes and Peter Riley
Alex Latter: The prose-work of Tracks and Mineshafts
Wolfgang Görtschacher: On translating Peter Riley

Lunch 12.45-1.30 pm

Panel 3: Peter Riley and landscape (1.30 pm-2.30 pm)
George Ttouli: Depth of Field: the quest for meaning in Alstonefield: a poem
Amy Cutler: The station and the port: monastic geography in Riley’s Llŷn
Peter Larkin: The Terrain across Text: poems eliding/guiding poems (Small Square Plots)

Break: 2.30 pm-2.45pm

Roundtable discussion: 2.45-3.45

Break: 3.45-4pm

Readings, 4pm

Peter Larkin reading ‘Small Square Plots’

Multi-vocal illustrated reading of ‘Distant Points’ by Emily Critchley, James Wilkes, Fabian Macpherson, Edmund Hardy and Amy Cutler, with images from a series of minimal landscape works by Derbyshire artist David Ainley

Peter Riley reading ‘The Ascent of Kinder Scout’

5.15pm(ish): Closing address and wine, followed by drinks and a meal nearby.

To register please send your name, your institution (if applicable) and whether you would like lunch to


~ by amycutler on January 4, 2012.

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