New “Choices” just published

The Centre for Lifelong Learning at Cardiff University has just launched its Spring/Summer 2009 programme of part-time courses for undergraduates and adult learners in the new Choices prospectus. The new Spring/Summer 2009 programme kicks off the New Year with almost 300 courses listed taking place in 27 locations across south east Wales.

The new courses I will be teaching next semester are:

You can browse through all the courses in the new Choices prospectus at the Centre’s website, or, alternatively, if you live in the UK you can order a hard copy of the prospectus by clicking here. If you are an undergraduate at Cardiff University you can attend any of these courses as part of your degree. My online course on Tolkien is open to undergraduates and adult learners from anywhere in the world. For more information on my courses please contact me via the contact form here.

Book Launch

On Friday 28 November at 6pm the official launch of my book, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, took place at the Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University. Dr Juliette Wood introduced me and I then had the opportunity to talk briefly about my book, my research questions, and the need for a serious re-evaluation of “genre” fiction, including fantasy. A cheese and wine reception followed, and the attendees had a chance to flick through the book and get my signature (not as elegant or as valuable as Tolkien’s, but I did my best!) It was great to see so many collueagues, as well as former and current students at the book launch! Thanks to all who attended! Read a detailed report of the book launch at website