Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, lecturer in English and specialist on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. I also lecture on science fiction, children’s literature and myth and folklore.
The extended edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s A Secret Vice, co-edited by myself and Dr Andrew Higgins, is due to be published on 7th April 2016. Dr Higgins and I have been posting ‘sneak previews’ from the book on Twitter (hashtag #TolkiensSV) – follow is at @Dr_Dimitra_Fimi and @asthiggins.
Recent Events and Publications
- December 2014: Presenting the BBC iWonder guide on Tolkien and the Welsh language (see Media)
- June 2015: Open lecture at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University, on “Welsh heritage for teenagers: Re-writing the ‘Mabinogion’ in Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider“ (see Presentations)
- July 2015: article for The Conversation: “After 150 years, we still haven’t solved the puzzle of Alice in Wonderland” (see Publications)
- July 2015: I organized two sessions on Tolkien, took part in a rountable discussion, and presented a paper for a session organized by the Tales after Tolkien Society at IMC Leeds (see Blog)
- September 2015: lecture on “Constructions of Childhood in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium” at Oxonmoot, the Tolkien Society’s annual gathering in Oxford (see Presentations)
- October 2015: talk for event on Tolkien’s Legacy in Oxford, organized by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Bodleian Library (see Presentations)
- November 2015: guest lecture at the University of Oulu, Finland: “Dreaming the Middle Ages: The Past as an Imaginary World in the Works of Thomas Chatterton, J. R. R. Tolkien and Umberto Eco” (see Presentations)
- December 2015: contributions to the BBC Radio Wales Arts Show special on “Celebrating Alice”, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (see Media)