The conference will take place between 22 and 24 May 2015 in the Berrick Saul Building at the University of York. Speakers will give lectures and papers on topics relating to Professor Attridge and his work. In addition, poets and novelists including Emma Donoghue, Tom McCarthy, Paul Muldoon, Don Paterson, Zoë Wicomb and John Wilkinson will be attending the celebration and reading from their work.
Derek Attridge is one of the foremost critics and theorists of literature working today. He came to York from Rutgers University in the USA in 1998 as Leverhulme Research Professor, and in 2003 became Professor of English. His interests centre on the language of literature, but radiate in many different directions. Derek is the author or editor of twenty-one books on literary theory, poetic form, South African literature, and the writings of James Joyce. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Camargo Foundation and the Leverhulme Trust, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In 2015 Derek will publish The Work of Literature (OUP) and The Craft of Poetry (Routledge, with Henry Staten).