Anna Kavan Symposium Programme

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


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 Driverand 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