Events Postgraduate

Announcement for Sussex Quadrophenia symposium

A reminder that registration is open for our conference:

Here by the Sea and Sand: A symposium on the album and film Quadrophenia

Brighton and the University of Sussex, 10-11th July 2014

Thursday 10th  July:  Franc Roddam (director of Quadrophenia) will discuss Quadrophenia at a showing at the Duke of York’s Cinema, Brighton.

Friday 11th July:  Conference at University of Sussex including talks by James Wood (Harvard University, the New Yorker) and Paolo Hewitt.

Register in advance and the film showing is included in the conference price:

Read about us in Rolling Stone!:

Our line-up of participants include:

Franc Roddam’s numerous films include Quadrophenia, K2, Aria, Lords of Discipline and War Party. He created the phenomenally successful Masterchef . He has won awards for his tv drama Dummy, and his BBC documentaries, Mini and The Family. He will be answering questions after the showing of the film at the Duke of York’s on Thursday the 10th of July.

James Wood is one of our foremost literary critics. His reviews and essays have appeared frequently in the The New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books and the London Review of Books. He judged the Booker Prize in 1994, and is a professor of the practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University. He has published four books of essays and a novel. His collection, The Fun Stuff and other essays includes a killer homage to Keith Moon.

Paolo Hewitt has written, co-written, and edited numerous books on music, style, and Mod culture including The Soul Stylists: Six Decades of Modernism, Small Faces: The Young Mods’ Forgotten Story, My Favourite Shirt: A History of Ben Sherman Style, and The Sharper Image: A Mod Anthology.

Simon Wells has written on film and music for numerous magazines and newspapers including The Guardian; The Times and The Independent. His numerous  books on film and music include Your Face Here- British Cult Movies Since the 1960 , The Beatles: 365 Days and Butterfly On A Wheel, the story of the infamous trial of Keith Richards and Mick Jagger in 1967. His book on Quadrophenia is published with Countdown in June.

Alan Fletcher channelled his obsession with 60s mods into a screenplay based on his own life which found its way to Pete Townshend’s door and led to his involvement with the film, and to his writing Quadrophenia-the novel. The script formed the basis of Brummell’s Last Riff, the first novel in his Mod Crop Trilogy. He has contributed to symposiums on youth culture at Derby, Nottingham and Keele.

Dr. Pamela Thurschwell
Senior Lecturer
Co-director, Centre for Modernist Studies
School of English
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton

Here by the Sea and Sand: A Symposium on Quadrophenia
10-11 July 2014, University of Sussex