Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, Senior Lecturer in English and specialist on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. Here you will find more information about my books, essays and articles, talks and lectures, and media appearances and contributions.

Forthcoming talks and events:

See here for a list of talks, conference presentations, courses, and events during the next few months: http://dimitrafimi.com/forthcoming-talks-and-lectures-glasgow-kalamazoo-essex-oxford-and-north-wales/


26 May 2018: 
My new book, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy, has been shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies! Read more here: http://dimitrafimi.com/celtic-myth-in-contemporary-childrens-fantasy-announced-as-runner-up-for-katharine-briggs-folklore-award/



22 April 2018: My essay “‘Tears are the very wine of blessedness’: joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, published in Death and Immortality in Middle-earth, won the Tolkien Society Award 2018 for Best Article. Read more here: https://www.tolkiensociety.org/2018/04/winners-of-the-tolkien-society-awards-2018-announced/



13 March 2018: A review of Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy by Professor Brian Attebery in International Research in Children’s Literature (IRCL) described the book as: “a clear, substantial, and original contribution to fantasy studies”. Read the review here: http://www.irscl.com/review_celtic_myth.html



8 March 2018: Listed in Wales Arts Review‘s “100 women of Wales on Twitter” for #IWD2018: http://www.walesartsreview.org/iwd2018-100-women-of-wales-on-twitter-2/



7 March 2018: New journal article published: ‘Language as Communication vs. Language as Art: J.R.R. Tolkien and Early 20th-Century Radical Linguistic Experimentation’, Journal of Tolkien Research, 5(1), pp. 1-28. Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/journaloftolkienresearch/vol5/iss1/2/




24 January 2018: New article published for The Conversation: “Ursula K Le Guin’s strong female voice challenged the norms of a male-dominated genre”. Read more (and the article) here: http://dimitrafimi.com/ursula-k-le-guin-in-memoriam/




21 December 2017: New article published for the The Conversation, titled: “J.R.R. Tolkien’s Christmas letters to his children bring echoes of Middle-earth to the North Pole”. Read more (and the article) here: http://dimitrafimi.com/new-article-on-j-r-r-tolkiens-father-christmas-letters-in-the-conversation/



13 November 2017: I was delighted to announce the Wales Book of the Year 2017 winner at a ceremony in Cardiff. It was an honour to be one of three judges for the English entries. Many congratulations to the winners of each category, and to the overall winner, Alys Conran, for her novel Pigeon. Photo courtesy of Camera Sion and Literature Wales. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-41976471




8 November 2017: My new book, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy, was announced as the runner-up for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award 2017. Read more here: http://dimitrafimi.com/celtic-myth-in-contemporary-childrens-fantasy-announced-as-runner-up-for-katharine-briggs-folklore-award/



16 October 2017: Guest lecture on “Celtic” myth in young adult novels by Henry Neff and Catherine Fisher for Signum University. Watch lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPu4sYDpNvY



10 October 2017: I announced the Wales Book of the Year 2017 shortlist on BBC Radio Wales, before it was released online later that day: http://www.literaturewales.org/our-projects/wales-book-year/wales-book-year-short-list-2017/



23 September 2017: Talk at Oxonmoot: “Sailing to the West: the Fall of Arthur, Beowulf and Tol Eressëa”. Watch talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUJOm7s23wI



19 September 2017: TLS article: “Why Build New Worlds”. Read article here: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/fantasy-worlds-invention-restraint/




21 August 2017: TLS article: “Alan Garner’s The Owl Service at 50”: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/alan-garner-owl-service-fifty/




27 July 2017: Folklore Thursday article: “Riddles, Heroes, and Folktales Come True: Folklore in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings”




20 July 2017: Keynote Lecture for George MacDonald’s Scotland conference, University of Aberdeen: “George MacDonald and Celticity”




2-6 July 2017: round table contribution to Tolkien Society Seminar (Leeds) and organizer of four sessions on J.R.R. Tolkien at the International Medieval Congress at Leeds.




2 June 2017: Radio interview for BBC Radio Wales on Tolkien’s Beren and Lúthien – listen here





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