Hello and welcome to my website. I am Dr Dimitra Fimi, Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature, 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.
6 March 2023
Celtic Seminar recording
Last week I gave a paper for the Celtic Seminar series (co-organised by the University of Oxford and the the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), Aberystwyth) on “Magic writing: Representations of the Og(h)am script in contemporary fantasy”. The recorded talk is available here.
23 February 2023
New book out
Imagining the Celtic Past in Modern Fantasy (part of the Perspectives on Fantasy series with Bloomsbury Academic), co-edited by me and Alistair J.P. Sims, has just been published today. The full Table of Contents can be accessed here.
17 January 2023
Inaugural Annual Tolkien Lecture video released
In May 2022 I delivered the Inaugural Annual Tolkien Lecture at the University of Birmingham, titled: ‘“I hold the key”: J. R. R. Tolkien through interviews and reminiscences’. The lecture was recorded and how now been released here.
6 October 2022
3 October 2022
New book cover release
The cover of the collection Imagining the Celtic Past in Modern Fantasy, which I’ve co-edited with Alistair Sims, has just been released. The book will be out in February 2023 and is part of the Perspectives on Fantasy series I co-edit with Brian Attebery and Matthew Sangster at Bloomsbury.
22 September 2022
21 September 2022
2 September 2022
24 August 2022
12 August 2022
Journal Article published
My article on Upton Sinclair’s forgotten children’s fantasy novel The Gnomobile has been published Open Access in the journal Children’s Literature in Education. You can read it here.
4 August 2022
Essay on Chatterton, Tolkien, and Eco
Very pleased to have released (with permission) my 2016 essay on Thomas Chatterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Umberto Eco (focusing on writing the Middle Ages as an act of worldbuilding) on my website. Link here.
27 May 2022
Inaugural Annual Tolkien Lecture
I was delighted to deliver the Inaugural Annual Tolkien Lecture at the University of Birmingham, titled: ‘“I hold the key”: J. R. R. Tolkien through interviews and reminiscences’. More information here.
10 February 2022
Vanity Fairy Exclusive on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings
A new Vanity Fairy exlusive article, in which I am quoted, reveals a lot about the new Amazon Prime Lord of the Rings storylines, casting, production, and much more.
11 March 2022
25 February 2022
5 November 2021
Alice Through the Looking-Glass Panel
Panel discussion on “Alice, Quo Vadis? Beyond the Looking-Glass”, alongside Steve Folan, Charlie Lovett, and Dr Franziska Kohlt, chaired by Brian Sibley. Closing session of Through the Looking-Glass: A sesquicentenary
14 September 2021
Listen to the Universe
Listen to the Universe has been published! This pop-up book, co-authored by Dr Mariela Masso Reid and me, and illustrated by Oliver Dean, was produced via a GCRF-funded project. Find out more here.
27 April 2021
11 April 2021
27 March 2021
I was interviewed by TheOneRing.net’s Clifford Broadway (host of TORn Tuesday) and Cathy Udovch (TORn special events coordinator), alongside Luke Shelton and Mariana Rios Maldonado on Tolkien, evil, and how the Second Age may come to our screens via The Lord of the Rings on Prime. Watch here.
21 December 2020
New video: A Merry Tolkien Christmas!
A Merry Tolkien Christmas from me! A short video about the connections between the classic Christmas poem “A Visit from St Nicholas” and Tolkien’s fairy creature Tinfang Warble. Watch it here.
8 December 2020
Sub-creating Arda: World-building in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Work, its Precursors and its Legacies has been shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies, along some very worthy competitors!
19 November 2020
Celebrating the Centenary of ‘A Voyage to Arcturus’
You can watch here a celebration of 100 years since the publication of Scottish SFF cult classic A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay. I was delighted to chair this event, with guest speakers Douglas A. Anderson, Prof Robert Davis, and Nina Allan.
16 September 2020
25 August 2020
Leaf by Niggle – post-show Q&A
I was delighted to take part in the post-show Q&A with Richard Medrington, after another wonderful performance of Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle”, in support of Puppet State Theatre.
14 July 2020
Tiny Treasures Exhibition on Flickr
Last July, I curated an exhibition of miniature books titled: “Tiny Treasures: Miniature Books from Scotland and Beyond”., held at Special Collections, University of Glasgow. You can now view all the amazing exhibits complete with curatorial notes here.
8 July 2020
3 January 2020
7-9 October 2019
1-4 July 2019
11-13 September 2018
20-22 July 2018
2-5 July 2018
23 June 2018
24 May 2018
10-13 May 2018
Tolkien at Kalamazoo 2018
Paper for Tolkien sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan: ‘“Queer” Border, “Hidden Kingdom”: Perceptions of Wales in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Work’
26-27 April 2018
22 April 2018
Tolkien Society Award
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.
13 November 2017
Wales Book of the Year Awards
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.