Diana Wynne Jones Conference Watershed, Bristol 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX 9-11 August 2019 Programme

FRIDAY 9 August

Watershed 1
Registration 12.30-2.30pm

Watershed 2
Katja: Diana Wynne Jones Craft Workshop (1.00, 1.30, 2.00)

Watershed 3
Catherine Butler: Welcome and Housekeeping

Farah Mendlesohn: Everything I learned about running a convention I learned from Deep Secret.”

Panel: The Pleasures and Challenges (Expected and Unexpected) of Teaching Diana Wynne Jones in the College Classroom

Donna White Martha Hixon Jackie Stallcup

DINNER (not provided)


SATURDAY 10 August

Watershed 3
Keynote: Isobel Armstrong Diana: My Sister’s Imagination

BREAK: 10.00-10.15 (Tea/coffee in Watershed 1) Parallel Sessions: Morning 10.15-12.00

Watershed 3 Nationality and Borders Chair: Stefan Ekman

Leah Koch-Michael

Dalemark and Denmark

Amber Hancock

Bounds, Homes and Riding away: An Exploration of Border Representation and National Identity within the Novels of Diana Wynne Jones

Nat Case

In Short, the Map is Useless: Cartography and Maps in Diana Wynne Jones’s Books and Stories

Watershed 2
Under the Influence Chair: Erin Horakova

David Clark

Diana Wynne Jones’s Contemporary Medievalism

Lotte Reinbold

Kit, Callette, and Kings: Diana Wynne Jones, the Medieval, and Where She Gets It From

Teya Rosenberg

Invisible and Visible Influence: Diana Wynne Jones, E. Nesbit, and Children Who Are Not Seen

Debbie Gascoyne

What did they teach her in those schools? Or “Damn it, I’m turning into C.S. Lewis!”

LUNCH 12.00-1.10 (Buffet in Watershed 1 and Waterside Corridor)


Parallel Sessions: Early Afternoon 1.10-2.25

Watershed 3
A Good Hiding?
Chair: Aishwarya Subramanian

Rebecca Vaccaro

“Do we know each other?”: Hidden Identities, Referential Characters, and Narrative Possibilities in Diana Wynne Jones’s Hexwood

Veronica Wagner

Concealment and Revelation: Reading Diana Wynne Jones’s Magic through Western Esoteric Traditions

Avi Naftali

Buried Alive: The Arthur/Merlin Motif in the Novels of Diana Wynne Jones

Parallel Sessions: Late Afternoon 2.30-3.45

Watershed 3
Power and the Corporations Chair: Catherine Butler

Akiko Yamazaki

A remedy against the corruption of power, or the meaning of the Goon’s small head

Victoria Byard

Archer’s Goon and the Needs of the BBC

Aneesh Barai

“We need to make the place pay somehow”: Magical Universities and Money in The Year of the Griffin

BREAK: 3.45-4.00 (Tea/coffee in Watershed 1)

Watershed 2

Families and How to Survive Them

Chair: Audrey Taylor

Madeline Meylor

The Tough Guide to Growing Up: Diana Wynne Jones’ Lessons on Coming of Age

Ulrike Pesold

Family in the works of Diana Wynne Jones

Ali Baker

Step-Parents in two novels by Diana Wynne Jones

Watershed 2
Wiles and Wisdom Chair: Gabriela Steinke

Caitlin Herington

Mini, Millie, Magid: Unconventional Women in the Twelve Related Worlds and other Universes of Diana Wynne Jones

Caroline Webb

“Drowning in Bleach”: Shame and Guilt in Diana Wynne Jones

Watershed 3
Keynote: Gili Bar-Hillel
“There’s Nothing Magic about Words”: Finding the Words to Translate Diana Wynne Jones

Beirut Mezze, 13a Small Street, BS1 1DE 7.30


SUNDAY 11 August

Parallel Sessions: Early Morning 9.00-10.15

Watershed 3

Built Environments

Chair: Amber Hancock

Kathleen Jennings

Howl’s Permeable Castle – home invasion and benevolent colonisation in the works of Diana Wynne Jones

Karina Coldrick

Jones and Quantum Foam

Catherine Olver

A Sense of the Setting: World-Building and the Five Senses in the Dalemark Quartet

Watershed 2 Into the Woods Chair: Nat Case

Julia Wang

Ideologies of Power in Hexwood

Gabriela Steinke

Fractured Humanity/Fragments of Humanity in Hexwood

Audrey Taylor

Time in Diana Wynne Jones

BREAK: 10-15-10.30 (Tea/coffee in Watershed 1) Parallel Sessions: Late Morning 10.30-11.45

Watershed 3

A Lucky Dip
Chair: Catherine Butler

Junko Nishimura

Diana Wynne Jones and Cats in her Books

Verena Rodriguez

The Wizard of a thousand faces: Pinning down the trickster wizard in the Howl Series

Matthew Knights

Diana Wynne Jones’s stories for younger readers: how do younger readers like them?

Watershed 2

Wizarding Worlds

Chair: Alison Baker

Aishwarya Subramanian

“I belong to Chrestomanci Castle”: National space and imperial crisis zones in the worlds of Chrestomanci

Erin Horáková,

Walled gardens, lonely attics and public schools: the Romance, the Canon and Constructions of Englishness in the Chrestomanci Series

Gili Bar-Hillel

It takes a wizard: Exploring the role of Wizards within their communities.

Watershed 3
Keynote: Robin Stevens Living a Charmed Life: How Diana Wynne Jones taught me to be a better author and a better person

Robin Stevens book signing and departure