A one day conference at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Saturday 19 October 2013 

MacnFollowing on from the welcome revival of interest in recent years in Louis MacNeice as writer and producer for radio, as well as a poet, a one‑day conference will be held at Corpus Christi College, Oxford on Saturday 19 October 2013.

This occasion will mark both the half-century since Louis MacNeice’s death and also the June 2013 publication of an Oxford University Press volume of eleven of MacNeice’s radio scripts, all of which draw on his interest in Greek and Roman history and literature (see here). Speakers include:

Professor Hugh Chignell, Professor of Media History, University of Bournemouth ‘ “The Stones Cry Out” (1941): Louis MacNeice’s Broadcasts to America’

Professor Claire Davison, Chair of Modernist Literature, Université Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle)

‘ “If only we had Alexander”: Impurifying Propaganda in MacNeice’s Alexander Nevsky (1941)’

Dr Richard Danson Brown, Senior Lecturer in English, The Open University ‘Arabesques of Elizabethan Sound in Features and Poetry: MacNeice’s The Death of Marlowe (1943) and “Suite for Recorders” ‘

Dr Peter McDonald, Christopher Tower Student and Tutor in Poetry, Christ Church, Oxford ‘ “The Solidity of a Dream”: MacNeice, Yeats, and The Dark Tower (1946)’

Dr Peter Golphin, Research Associate, The Open University ‘India at First Sight: Independence and Partition (1948)’

Dr Simon Workman, Lecturer in English, Carlow College, Ireland ‘ “This chain of simple notes”: Louis MacNeice, Radio, Poetry and the Auditory Imagination’

Dr Paul Long, Reader in Media and Cultural History, Birmingham City University
‘Inventing Sound: MacNeice at Work’

Mr John Wyver, Senior Research Fellow, University of Westminster; writer and producer with the media company Illuminations

‘Admom and Everyman: Television in Louis MacNeice’s One for the Grave (1958-­9)’

Louis MacNeice, Radio Writer and ProducerTo book a place at the conference, please email [email protected]. The conference fee of £20, to cover coffee, lunch and tea, is to be paid in cash on the day. Please direct enquiries to [email protected].

Birmingham Centre For Media And Cultural Research

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