[DWJ] Diana Wynne Jones conference in Newcastle - important news!

Lucy Pearson lucy.r.pearson at gmail.com
Wed May 7 11:00:26 EDT 2014

Eleanor - I'll check up and get back to you from the conference account! It
looks like one message bounced so that may have been you.


On Wed, May 7, 2014 at 2:36 PM, Eleanor Joslin <eleanor at dreamvine.org.uk>wrote:

> Thank you, Lucy.
> And now I'm a little worried, because I registered for the conference
> sometime on Easter weekend, but haven't been contacted about this (or
> anything except receipt of payment, I think).  Have I fallen through a
> crack?
> Eleanor
> On 07/05/14 12:16, Lucy Pearson 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
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Lucy Pearson, Lecturer in Children's Literature
Newcastle University Children's Literature Unit

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