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The relationship and interaction between academic history and historical fiction is a complex one. Our speakers at the conference held last week in London were fantastic in bringing out the issues, stresses and complexities in that relationship. We think that comes through in the myriad resources that we will be bringing to you over the course of the next five days. Not only will we be releasing podcasts from that conference for you to listen to and debate but we will also bring you reviews, articles, bibliogaphies and various opinion pieces. There is also a fun competition (more about that later!).
All novels and histories of course have a starting point and this is similarly true of a conference. Usually a few words are said concerning the location of fire exits or how far you will need to go to find the toilets. Well, you won’t find any of that in our introduction here.
Instead, then, we offer you a few words of welcome from the director of the IHR, Professor Miles Taylor:
Day one of the Novel Approaches conference begins with our plenary speakers: Hilary Mantel, David Loades and Alison Weir. We will also present to you several specially commissioned book reviews focusing on something slightly different from what you would normally find: a comparison of historical novels with the academic reasearch upon which they are based. In addition we will announce our competition, offer several opinion pieces about our favourite books and talk about some of the content that we have on offer.
So please have a look around, sign up to receive emails whenever a new post is published (on the left side menu), discuss, comment and most of all enjoy!
Day One: Programme
The conference programme can be found via a link in the left-hand column. However, each day we will also update you with the day’s proceedings. It should be noted that all times are British GMT.10am Virtual Conference begins 10.30am Book review : The many faces of Thomas Cromwell (Mark R. Horowitz) 11am Lecture: Hilary Mantel and David Loades in conversation 1.30pm Competition announcement 2pm Lecture: Alison Weir 4pm Book review: The Dark Side of Victorian London (Kaye Jones) 5pm The day’s best bits Plus lots more…