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“Under the Volcano, 70 Years On”: The registration is now open for the Malcolm Lowry conference

The registration is now open for Under the Volcano, 70 Years On, an international conference to be held at Liverpool John Moores University and Bluecoat, Liverpool from the 28-29 of July, 2017. 

About the conference

2017 marks the seventieth anniversary of the publication of Malcolm Lowry’s great modernist novel Under the Volcano, and the sixtieth anniversary of Lowry’s death. This two-day international conference will explore the legacy of Lowry’s work, his literary status today and his ongoing role as source of inspiration to creative writers and artists across various disciplines.

The conference appropriately takes place in Liverpool, across the Mersey from Lowry’s birthplace on the Wirral. Since 2009, Bluecoat (Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre) has worked with the Firminists, an informal collective of Lowry enthusiasts and academics, to stage an annual ‘Lowry Lounge’ to celebrate the writer in the place of his birth. This programme has included guided walks, film screenings, talks and discussions, archival displays, music and other creative responses to Lowry, and book launches of the University of Ottawa Press critical editions of Swinging the Maelstrom (2013), In Ballast to the White Sea (2014) and the 1940 Under the Volcano (2015). The 2017 Lowry Lounge will take place on Saturday 29 July at Bluecoat and conference delegates will have the opportunity to participate in the programme.

Find out more and register here.

Regular tickets are £40, with students and unwaged attendees paying £10.

Confirmed speakers

Sherrill Grace (Professor Emerita, University of British Columbia); Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL; Paul Tiessen (Professor Emeritus, Wilfred Laurier University); Vik Doyen (Professor Emeritus, KU Leuven); Miguel Mota (University of British Columbia); Chris Ackerley (Professor Emeritus, University of Otago); David Large (University of Otago); Patrick A. McCarthy (University of Miami)


Further information

Organising committee

Helen Tookey (Liverpool John Moores University)

Bryan Biggs (Artistic Director, Bluecoat)

Robert Sheppard (Edge Hill University)

Ailsa Cox (Edge Hill University)

Mark Goodall (University of Bradford)

Colin Dilnot (Merseyside-based artist and researcher)

Liverpool is on the north-west coast of England and has airport connections via Liverpool John Lennon Airport (20 min from city centre) or Manchester Airport (30 miles) as well as excellent road and rail links (2 hours 15 min from London by train). A former European Capital of Culture, the city has a superb cultural offer of galleries, museums, theatres and other attractions, excellent restaurants, affordable hotels and a vibrant nightlife. It is also within easy reach of coastal walks, the Wirral peninsula and north Wales.