Presentations

Selected Conference Papers

“Tolkien and the Art of Book Reviewing: A Circuitous Road to Middle-earth”
Oxonmoot, annual conference of the Tolkien Society, St Anthony’s College, Oxford, 8-11 September 2016.

“‘Tears are the very wine of blessedness’: joyful sorrow in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings
Tolkien Society Seminar, Leeds, 3 July 2016.

“Irishness, Folklore and Modernity in Kate Thompson’s The New Policeman
Fantasies of Contemporary Culture, Cardiff University, 23 May, 2016.

“Tolkien and Radical Linguistic Experimentation”
51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 12–15 May 2016.

“Constructions of Childhood in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium”
Oxonmoot, annual conference of the Tolkien Society, St Antony’s College, Oxford, 10-13 September 2015.

“‘Celtic’ Myth and Celticity in Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain”
International Medieval Congress 2015, Session 1519: Genre and Medievalism: From the 19th to the 21st Century. Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, 6-9 July 2015.

“Kipling, Tolkien and their ‘mythologies for England'”
Enchanted Edwardians, Third Annual Conference of the Edwardian Culture Network, in association with the University of Bristol, 30-31 March 2015.

“Where Is Avalon? Tolkien’s Otherworld in the West and The Fall of Arthur”
49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 8-11 May 2014.

“Revisiting Race in Tolkien’s Legendarium: Constructing Cultures and Ideologies in an Imaginary World” (Keynote Lecture)
The Politics of Contemporary Fantasy, University of Wurzburg, 5-7 October 2012.

“‘Wildman of the Woods’: Inscribing Tragedy on the Landscape of Middle-earth in The Children of Hurin
Tolkien: The Forest and the City, School of English, Trinity College Dublin, 21-22 September 2012.

“Elves, Goblins and Other ‘Fairy’ Things in The Hobbit: Tolkien’s Victorian and Edwardian Inspiration”
The Return of the Ring, Loughborough University, 16-20 August 2012.

“‘You must’ve heard of Babbitty Rabbitty!’: Fairy Tales and Folklore in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series”
Folklore and Fantasy Conference co-organised by the Folklore Society and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, University of Chichester, 13-15 April 2012.

“Kipling, Tolkien and Romantic Anglo-Saxonism”
46th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 12-15 May 2011.

“Tolkien and the Fairies: Faith and Folklore”
44th International Congress on Medieval Studies 2009, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 7-10 May 2009.

“Tolkien’s Science Fiction Experiments”
Space, Time, Machine and Monster: A Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Conference for the Valleys, organised by Yr Academi Gymreig (The Welsh Academy), University of Glamorgan, Treforest, 21 June 2008

“Mappa Terrae-mediae: Exploring Middle-earth Cartography and Cosmography”
International Medieval Congress 2007, Session 1002: Texts and Images: Aspects of Tolkien’s Medievalism. Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds, 9-12 July 2007

“Tolkien and the Metaphysics of Language”
42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10-13 May 2007

“Film Folklore and Folklore in Film in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings
Folklore Society Annual Conference: ‘Folklore, Film and Television: Convergences in Traditional Cultures and Popular Media’, Warburg Institute, London, 31 March – 1 April 2006

“‘Tears are the Very Wine of Blessedness:’ Eucatastrophe, the Sense of Loss and Despair, and Sweet Sorrow in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings”
Sixth International Conference of the Hellenic Association for the Study of English: ‘(Re)Constructing Pain and Joy in Language, Literature, and Culture’, Athens University, 20-23 October 2005

“‘Needless to Say They Are Not Celtic’: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Love- Hate Relationship with ‘Things Celtic’ and How They Sneaked into His Middle-Earth Literature”
Shorter presentation at 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, 5-8 May 2005. Extended presentation at Celtic Folk Studies Conference: ‘Folklore and Identity in Celtic Cultures’ , Cardiff University, 20-23 July 2005

“‘Come sing ye light fairy things tripping so gay’: Victorian fairies and the early work of J.R.R. Tolkien”
International Post-Graduate Conference ‘Literary Fads and Fashions’ (Session: ‘The Victorian Supernatural’), University of Nottingham, 27-28 November 2004

Invited Lectures/Talks

“Dreaming the Middle Ages: The Past as an Imaginary World in the Works of Thomas Chatterton, J. R. R. Tolkien and Umberto Eco”, Guest Lecture at the University of Oulu, Finland, 12 November 2015

“Teaching Tolkien in HE”, talk for event on Tolkien’s Legacy in Oxford, organized by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Bodleian Library, 29 October 2015

“Welsh heritage for teenagers: Re-writing the ‘Mabinogion’ in Alan Garner’s The Owl Service and Jenny Nimmo’s The Snow Spider
Exploring the Past Lecture Series, Centre for Lifelong Learning, Cardiff University, 17 June 2015

“Tolkien’s Middle-earth: Fantasy and Reality”
Literature Wales Time, Space, Machine and Monster Festival, Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport, 19 October 2013

“Chatterton’s Forgery, Feigned Manuscripts and Literary Legacy: The Case of J.R.R. Tolkien”
UWE Regional History Centre, in association with the Thomas Chatterton Society, M-Shed, Bristol, 15 March 2012

“Children’s Literature and Fantasy: From The Water Babies to Harry Potter
Literature Wales Literature Lounge Events, St. David’s 2/Dewi Sant, Cardiff, 13 October 2011

“Tolkien’s Wales in the Black Mountains: A Literary Walk”
Literature Wales Literary Tourism Programme, in association with the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, Buckland, 30 June 2011

“The Welsh Language and Tolkien’s ‘Linguistic Aesthetic’”
Tolkien and Wales: A Celebration, Cardiff University, 21 May 2011

“Tolkien’s Welsh Inspirations, Language and Places”
Pentyrch and District Local History Society, Pentyrch, 25 September 2009

“Tales Before Tolkien: Researching the Roots of Modern Fantasy”
Humanities Forum, Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, 11 June 2009

“Tolkien and Viking Archaeology: Real and Romantic Links in Material Culture”
History and Archaeology Forum, Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning , 25 October 2006

“Tolkien and Old Norse Antiquity”
Viking Society For Northern Research Student Conference, Oxford, 26 February 2006

“J.R.R. Tolkien and the Use of Anthropological Theory in The Lord of the Rings
History and Archaeology Forum, Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning , 16 June 2004

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