Acclaimed writers to speak at Leicester for Evelyn Waugh conference

Posted by ap507 at Apr 22, 2015 11:20 AM |
University of Leicester conference for the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project between 24-26 April will include talks by authors Selina Hastings, William Boyd and Paula Byrne

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 22 April 2015

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•       Trio of acclaimed authors to discuss their work on Evelyn Waugh

•       Famous novels published by Waugh include Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust and Brideshead Revisited

•       Conference to feature rare screening of The High Green Wall, a 1954 TV adaptation by Nicholas Ray of Waugh’s short story The Man Who Liked Dickens

Members of the public are warmly invited to attend the event.

Acclaimed writers Selina Hastings, William Boyd and Paula Byrne are set to speak at a major conference on the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project – which is being co-led by the University of Leicester.

The event will be held at the University’s conference centre and hotel, College Court from April 24 to 26, 2015 and will see the trio of writers, all fans of Waugh, speaking to leading scholars from around the world about their own work on the author.

The conference is being held as part of the University’s involvement with the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project - a 42-volume scholarly edition which seeks to publish every piece of writing or art work by Waugh.

Speaker Selina Hastings is the author of four literary biographies including a critically-acclaimed book on the life of Evelyn Waugh.

William Boyd is the author of the award-winning novels The Blue Afternoon, Any Human Heart and Restless, and adapted Waugh's Scoop for television in 1988 as well as the Sword of Honour trilogy in 2001.

Biographer Paula Byrne is the author of Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, which gives an account of a real-life aristocratic family who inspired Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

Dr Barbara Cooke from the University of Leicester’s School of English, who has organised the conference, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming Waugh scholars from across the world to Leicester this week. It’s a mark of our project’s dynamism that it is turning up new Waugh materials all the time, with collectors and archivists coming forward to enrich our work. I’m looking forward to meeting many of them at the conference, which is the biggest ever organised on Evelyn Waugh.”

The conference will also feature a screening of The High Green Wall, a 1954 TV adaptation by Nicholas Ray (Rebel Without a Cause) of Waugh’s short story The Man Who Liked Dickens. This rare film, recently acquired by the Harry Ransom Center in Texas, was last shown at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2004 and is being brought over from the US especially for this international event.

The conference includes talks and workshops on the challenges associated with editing large collections, and will examine how digital humanities technology can be employed to tackle them.

The 42-volume Complete Works project will be published by Oxford University Press between 2016 and 2022.

It aims to include all of Waugh’s novels, short stories, biographies, travel writing and art work from his birth in 1903 to his death in 1966.

The team also hopes to publish all of his letters – the vast majority of which have never been seen by the public.

Alexander Waugh, Evelyn Waugh’s grandson and Senior Visiting Fellow of the University of Leicester, is the General Editor of the edition, with Professor Martin Stannard of the University of Leicester’s School of English and Professor David Bradshaw of Oxford acting as Co-Executive Editors.

Alexander said: “What a thrill it is that so many modern minds are coming together to illuminate the life and works of Evelyn Waugh.”

Professor Stannard added: “There has never been a conference on this scale dedicated to Waugh and it marks a step-change in Waugh studies, as does the edition generally. We look forward enormously to welcoming the world's leading Waugh scholars to Leicester.”

More information about the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project can be found here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/current-research/evelyn-waugh

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Notes to editors:

For more information about the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project and the upcoming conference please contact Dr Barbara Cooke on bc144@leicester.ac.uk

Further information about Selena Hastings can be found here: http://www.selinahastings.com/

Further information about William Boyd can be found here: http://www.williamboyd.co.uk/

Further information about Paula Byrne can be found here:  http://www.paulabyrne.com/

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