Tintern Abbey Excursion: Digital Reader now available

TBARS Excursion Readerhe Digital Reader that accompanies the BARS 2015 excursion to Tintern Abbey on Saturday, 16th July is now available to marvel at.

The Reader is the result of weeks of hard work and careful preparation by Dr Jamie Castell (Cardiff University) and Dr Maximiliaan van Woudenberg (Sheridan Institute of Technology), for which the conference organizers are extremely grateful.

We hope that you’ll agree that it really is a beautiful and perfectly selected collection of prose, poetry and illustrations.


Announcement of the 2015 BARS First Book Prize Shortlist

A statement from Professor Emma Clery, University of Southampton.

As chair of the panel judging the BARS First Book Prize, I am delighted to announce the following shortlist:

There were 21 nominations received by the deadline of 31 January 2015, and it has been a pleasure and a privilege for us to read and discuss the wealth of impressive work in the field. Aside from general excellence and originality, a crucial criterion for this prize has been an interdisciplinary approach. Interdisciplinarity has been a hallmark of BARS from its inception. All of the shortlisted books conduct interdisciplinary research in imaginative and rigorous ways, and excitingly redefine our understanding of ‘Romanticism’.

The winner of the 2015 prize will be announced at the opening wine reception of the conference on Thursday, 16 July 2015.

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!

Registration live (and other updates)

Following on from yesterday’s post, we’re delighted to announce that registration is now live. You can download the forms, and find out more information about the registration costs, here.

We’ve also updated information about the conference banquet, so you can find fuller details about the menu here.

For those of you who wish to book campus accommodation, we’re just awaiting the link from Accommodation Services, at which point we’ll announce the appropriate details. Yesterday, we also provided a listing of other suggested accommodation. Don’t forget to mention you’re attending a Cardiff University conference in order to secure the best deals available!

Conference excursion confirmed: Tintern Abbey

Tintern Abbey (1840)

Tintern Abbey (1840)

We’re delighted to be in a position to confirm fuller details of the conference excursion, which will be taking place at Tintern Abbey.

Sitting in the border county of Monmouthshire, the Abbey was founded in village of Tintern during the 12th century by the Lord of Chepstow, Walter de Clare. A busy Cistercian religious institution enjoyed significant attention during subsequent centuries, homing Edward II during a short visit, as well as being located near strategic locations during the Welsh Uprising of the early 15th century. When the monasteries were dissolved by Henry VIII, Tintern Abbey passed into the hands of the Lord of Chepstow, Henry Somerset in 1536, after which the building and its estates fell into decline.

Turner Tintern (1794)

J M W Turner, The Chancel and Crossing of Tintern Abbey, Looking towards the East Window (1794)

Over the succeeding centuries, the ruin and the nearby Wye Valley has been the focus of various literary and cultural tourists, not least William Gilpin’s Picturesque Tour of 1782, and perhaps most famously the Abbey was immortalised in the Wordsworth’s ‘Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’ (1798). Interest in the ruin continued beyond the Romantic period, with the location forming the focus of poetry by writers as diverse as Tennyson and Ginsberg.

The Abbey is around an hour’s coach journey away from the conference venue, and we’re planning an exciting series of talks and presentations at the location, about which we’ll be posting updates in the coming months. Arrangements for the excursion will be overseen by Dr Jamie Castell, Lecturer in Romanticism at Cardiff University.