Festival in the Shire gains Welsh Media attention!

The Welsh media have shown great interest in Festival in the Shire! Yesterday’s Western Mail included the article “Tolkien festival to be held in Middle Wales” in which I was quoted, together with the Mark Faith, the man behind the whole Festival.

Also, yesterday evening I was interviewed about Festival in the Shire on the BBC Radio Wales programme Good Evening Wales. I had the opportunity to talk about Tolkien’s Welsh connections and inspiration and share the excitement about the Festival next August. You can listen to my interview via “listen again” on the BBC Radio Wales website, or via the link below.

  • To read the Western Mail article about Festival in the Shire click here
  • To listen to my BBC Radio Wales interview click here
  • For more information about Festival in the Shire click here

Festival in the Shire!

A new exciting Tolkien event has just been announced! Festival in the Shire is a conference, exhibition and fair celebrating themes inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, which will be held in mid-Wales, in Machynlleth’s historic Y Plas house and grounds between 13 and 15 August 2010.

Festival in the Shire aspires to be one of the most comprehensive events ever held for the fans of J.R.R. Tolkien, with a conference, a collector’s exposition of original art, rare books and memorabilia as well as a large festival with stalls and entertainment. Tolkien literature enthusiasts will have the opportunity to delve deeper into Tolkien’s work with a three day conference on ‘Welsh influences on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien’. This will feature internationally respected speakers such as Tom Shippey, Verlyn Flieger, Douglas Anderson, John Garth, Colin Duriez and Jane Chance. I am very excited to be part of this very distinguished list of speakers!

The exhibition will showcase rare first editions of Tolkien’s books, original art and other Tolkien artefacts. Many of these pieces are from private collections and unlikely to be shown again. In addition to displaying their paintings some of the famous artists who have illustrated Tolkien’s books will be present at this event and attendees will have the exciting opportunity to meet them and discuss their work. Artists attending include Roger Garland, Ted Nasmith, Jef Murray, Peter Pracownik and Ruth Lacon.

  • For more information about Festival in the Shire please click here
  • For a list of special guests to participate in Festival in the Shire please visit this link
  • To register for Festival in the Shire click here

Tolkien, Race and Cultural History shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Award 2009

I was delighted to find out that my book Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits has been shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award for 2009.

The Katharine Briggs Folklore Award is an annual book prize established by the Folklore Society to encourage the study of folklore and to commemorate the life and work of the distinguished scholar Katharine Mary Briggs (1898-1980; Society president 1969-1972). For the purposes of the award, ‘folklore studies’ are interpreted broadly, to include all aspects of traditional and popular culture, narrative, beliefs, customs and folk arts, including studies with a literary, anthropological, linguistic, sociological or geographical bias.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 10 November 2009 after the Katharine Briggs Lecture which will be delivered by Professor John Widdowson, former president of The Folklore Society. Needless to say I am very pleased and honoured to have been shortlisted!

  • To find out more about the Folklore Society please click here
  • For more information about the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award please click here