PODCAST: ‘Your New Hospital for Intellectuals’: The Literary Salon as an Alternative Space for War

You can now listen to a Podcast of my recent Late Summer Lecture at Durham University. The lecture constitutes the early stages of research on my Writing the Refugee project, about how British writers helped refugee writers during the interwar period, so it’s really exciting to see it made available to a wider audience! Continue reading PODCAST: ‘Your New Hospital for Intellectuals’: The Literary Salon as an Alternative Space for War

Books on Tyne Festival

I’ll be talking about refugees and literary salons at the Books on Tyne Festival in Newcastle next month. It’s an incredible line-up and I’m really thrilled to be a part of it. From Simon Armitage to Anne Fine, it’s a great chance to catch internationally acclaimed writers alongside up-and-coming authors. There’ll be talks by local authors such as Karen Charlton and lots of events around … Continue reading Books on Tyne Festival

A Statement from the Current UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres

After I quoted the first UN High Commissioner for Refugees yesterday, I thought I would post a statement made today by the current holder of that position, António Guterres. For the moment there’s just the statement but I’m particularly interested in the final sentences about European values so will definitely be thinking that over and writing something about that shortly. Here’s what Guterres said: ‘The European … Continue reading A Statement from the Current UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres

It’s All in A Name…

The current media furore around refugees makes my current work seem startlingly prescient. For all my study into how value was ascribed to the refugee body before and during World War Two addresses an influential but neglected theme in the literature and culture of this period, the same debates are becoming horribly pertinent in the current political climate. The coverage of the thousands of refugees travelling … Continue reading It’s All in A Name…

Durham Late Summer Lectures

I’ll be giving a public lecture on my new research, looking at the literary salon as a space for cultural warfare, as part of Durham University’s Late Summer Lecture Programme. The lecture will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 30th September at Alington House, Durham. To read more about what I’ll be talking about, see my previous post. You can get more information about this … Continue reading Durham Late Summer Lectures

The Literary Salon…

I’m currently working on a lecture, and eventually a paper, on the literary salon in Europe during the interwar period. This lecture looks at how the long-standing tradition of the literary salon took on a new guise in the inter-war period as a branch of Europe’s cultural armoury. The French poet Paul Valéry wrote in 1919 that ‘thousands of young writers and artists have died; … Continue reading The Literary Salon…