Anna Kavan Symposium Programme — 11 September, Bloomsbury

Please see below programme and registration details for the Anna Kavan Symposium and Evening Event (speaker Maggie Gee), plus details of an Anna Kavan Wikipedia edit-a-thon taking place the following day.
11 September 2014, Institute of English Studies, Russell Square, London, UK
09.30-09.50     Registration
09.50-10.00     Welcome Remarks
10.00-11.15     Panel 1:  Feminist Approaches to Kavan
Chair: Tory Young (Anglia Ruskin)
”Learning to know in the night way”: Night-Time Life and Language in
Anna Kavan’s Sleep Has His House
Hannah Van Hove (Glasgow)
Anna Kavan and the Mirror Alone
Natalie Ferris (Oxford)
Anna Kavan’s Geographies of Control
Jules Bentley (New Orleans)
11.15-11.45     Coffee Break
11.45-12.30     Panel 2:  Postcolonial Kavan
Chair: Michèle Barrett (Queen Mary)
Anna Kavan and the New Zealand Connection
Janet Wilson (Northampton)
Anna Kavan’s Postcolonial Masculinities
Kate Houlden (Liverpool John Moores)
12.30-13.30     Lunch Break
13.30-14.00     Catherine Lenoble Performative Reading
14.00-15.15     Panel 3:  Reading Kavan
Chair: Helen Carr (Goldsmiths)
Mental Illness, Pathos and Dogs in Anna Kavan’s Asylum Piece
Angelos Evangelou (Kent)
The Horse’s Tale: Hybridity, Heterotopia and Canonic Marginality
Nikki Sheppy (Calgary)
The Lost Girl in Ice
Helena Fagertun (Gothenburg)
15.15-15.45     Coffee Break
15.45-16.30     Panel 4:  Kavan Contextualised
Chair: Victoria Walker (London)
Anna Kavan and the Angry Young Women Discourse
Freya Buechter-Greiner (Giessen)
Anna’s Addiction
Christopher Hallam (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
16.30-17.45     Round Table Discussion and Concluding Remarks
                        Chair:  Kate Houlden (Liverpool John Moores)
Michèle Barrett (Queen Mary); Helen Carr (Goldsmiths); Victoria Walker (London); Tory Young (Anglia Ruskin)
17.45-18.00     Break
18.00-19.30     Evening Event & Wine Reception
                        Maggie Gee in Conversation – Anna Kavan: It’s Cold Outside 
Anna Kavan’s legacy can be seen in the admiration of her work expressed by writers of her time and those that followed her, among them Jean Rhys, Anaïs Nin, J G Ballard and Brian Aldiss. The Anna Kavan symposium will close with a public event in the evening at which writer Maggie Gee will discuss Kavan’s writing, and consider points of comparison with her own work and her experience as a contemporary author.

Maggie Gee has written twelve acclaimed novels, including The Ice People, My Cleaner, My Driver and The White Family, a collection of short stories, The Blue, and a memoir of her life as a writer, My Animal Life. She was the first female Chair of Council of the Royal Society of Literature, 2004-2008, and is now a Vice-President. Her new novel, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, has just been published. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University

Conference fees: £30 standard rate/ £20 IES members & friends, students, unwaged/ £7 evening event only
For further information and to register see: or
09.30-13.00, 12 September 2014, Wikimedia UK, 4th Floor, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT
To coincide with the Anna Kavan Symposium, writer Catherine Lenoble will be facilitating a collaborative-writing workshop to edit the Wikipedia pages associated with Anna Kavan.  For further details and registration (to join in person or remotely), please see
Dr Victoria Walker
Anna Kavan Society