[DWJ] Diana Wynne Jones conference in Newcastle - important news!
lucy.r.pearson at gmail.com
Wed May 7 10:59:16 EDT 2014
Further to this, it looks like we will be able to arrange accommodation in
one of the student halls. Details are still being finalised, but it will be
about £86 per night bed and breakfast. If you are likely to use this
accommodation, it would be a great help if you could fill in the web form
at http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/view.php?id=6194 so we have a reasonable idea of
numbers while we negotiate the contract.
On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 12:16 PM, Lucy Pearson <lucy.r.pearson at gmail.com>wrote:
> Dear all,
> If you've registered for the upcoming Diana Wynne Jones conference in
> Newcastle already, or have submitted a paper, you'll have already received
> this news. However, I wanted to hit the list as well as I know quite a few
> people were hoping to come and haven't yet decided, and there is somewhat
> time sensitive news. If you know people who are pondering attending but
> won't have seen this message do let them know about this.
> Very unexpectedly, the Great North Run turns out to be taking place the
> day after the conference. This is a bit of a nightmare as the GNR is a big
> event and hotels in Newcastle tend to get very booked up. It's normally
> two weeks later (and the early date hadn't been announced when we set the
> conference date) so this is a shock.
> So - if you are planning to come to the conference, we recommend booking
> accommodation asap! We're looking into some solutions and will let people
> know if and when we get a better deal somewhere, but wanted to give as many
> people as possible a heads-up in advance.
> The main conference will start at 9.30 on Friday 5th September and run to
> c. 6pm on Saturday 6th September (hopefully more like 5, but we're building
> in some slack). There is a screening of Howl's Moving Castle at the
> Tyneside Cinema on Sunday which will finish no later than 4pm, hosted by
> Junko Nishimura (Diana's Japanese translator) and Akie Kishino.
> The hotels will be more or less normal on the Thursday and Friday, so if
> you aren't planning to stay for the Sunday you may wish to head out
> straight after the end of the conference on Saturday night. If you do want
> Saturday night accommodation and are finding it difficult to find something
> affordable in Newcastle, Durham is only a ten minute train ride away and is
> a very nice place to visit.
> On a positive note we have had some GREAT paper submissions - sadly more
> than we could fit in - and it should be a brilliant event.
> Yours in some mortification.
> Lucy Pearson, Lecturer in Children's Literature
> Newcastle University Children's Literature Unit
Lucy Pearson, Lecturer in Children's Literature
Newcastle University Children's Literature Unit
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