Literary London 2013: Representations of London in Literature

at Senate House Library

at Senate House Library

I attended the Literary London Society’s 2013 conference at the Institute of English Studies (part of the University of London) on July 17th – 19th 2013. The experience attending a conference alone, without any other members of my own University, was challenging but very enjoyable. I met many interesting people from the UK and the US.

Marple Hall

Marple Hall

I presented a paper in the “Queer London” panel titled “The ‘Other Town’: Christopher Isherwood’s Romantic-Sinister London.” To obtain photos for an accompanying slideshow, I spent some of my two weeks in the UK visiting the locations where Isherwood’s family lived in London and in Marple, a town in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Isherwood’s family once owned Marple Hall in Marple itself and Wyberslegh Hall in the village of High Lane. Walking from Marple to Wyberslegh takes you on a beautiful journey along “The Ridge,” a road that overlooks green rolling hills and fields.

The Ridge at Marple

The Ridge at Marple

A few months after the conference, I learned that I had been nominated for The Presidents’ Prize, an award for outstanding presentations given by the presidents of the Literary London Society. While another presenter won the prize, I was thrilled to be one of eight nominees out of more than one hundred conference presentations. I look forward to attending this annual event again.

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