Location: University of the West of England, Bristol.
This is the first conference ever devoted to the work of Diana Wynne Jones, Britain's foremost writer of speculative fiction. In the last four decades Jones has produced a huge range of innovative fiction for children and adults, including the Chrestomanci series and Howl's Moving Castle. Amongst her many awards are the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, two Mythopoeic Awards, and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award.
The conference will be held at the University of the West of England in Bristol, the city where Diana Wynne Jones has lived for over thirty years. Accommodation will be available at the University. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and dietary restrictions can be catered for. Free wireless internet is available to guests staying at the University. Note that Continental Airlines offers a non-stop flight from Newark to Bristol.
Participants include: Susan Ang, Charles Butler, Martha Hixon, Deborah Kaplan, Farah Mendlesohn, Maria Nikolajeva, Jenny Pausacker, Teya Rosenberg, David Rudd, Andy Sawyer and Jean Webb.
Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Tucker
Guest of Honour: Diana Wynne Jones*
The closing date for receipt of registration forms is 20th June, 2009.
In Association with the Science Fiction Foundation
* STOP PRESS: Unfortunately Diana Wynne Jones has had to withdraw from the conference due to ill health. We hope that she will be well enough to send a video message; and we know that you will join us in wishing her a speedy recovery. However, we are pleased to announce that Diana's US publisher, Sharyn November, will be attending as Guest of Honour in her place.