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.

Final versions of programme and abstracts now online

The final copies of the BARS 2015 Programme and Abstracts are now available to view. You can download them by clicking on the thumbnails below, or by visiting the Programme pages.

BARS 2015 ProgrammeBARS 2015 Abstracts (Final)

BARS 2015 abstracts available to view

BARS 2015 word cloudAbstracts imageYou can now read through all keynote papers, delegate abstracts and panel descriptions. The 55,000-word document contains details of 221 presentations across 66 panels, plenaries and workshops/roundtables, covering a range of topics including: nation and print, producing and consuming print, intertextual exchanges, textual scholarship, Romantic legacies and professional skills.

University accommodation available to book

We have secured 100 en-suite and 65 semi-en-suite rooms just by the conference venue, at £28.70 and £26.71/night respectively (including breakfast).

Here are the instructions.

  1. Go to: https://bookaccommodation.cardiff.ac.uk
  2. Location should be kept as: Any location.
  3. Nights between 15th – 20th July need to be selected and BARS2015 entered as the promotional code.
  4. Accommodation at Colum Hall and Aberconway Hall will then appear for delegates to book.

If there is no availability by the time you try to book the BARS-designated rooms, I’ve noticed that if you choose ‘City Centre’ on the website there are also general summer rooms available elsewhere on campus, less than ten minutes’ walk from the conference venue, in Senghenydd Court and Hall (buildings no. 47 and 46 on the location guide, grid ref. E3). The rooms are cheaper, but there is no breakfast option, although you’ll be able to get breakfast in any of the nearby cafes or convenience stores en route to the conference. In this case:

  1. Go to: https://bookaccommodation.cardiff.ac.uk
  2. Location should be kept as: City Centre.
  3. Select your nights as above. I don’t think entering the promotional code would make a difference.
  4. Accommodation at Senghenydd Court is £21.06/night, but has shared bathrooms; accommodation in Senghenydd Hall is £25.38/night and is en-suite.

BARS Programme (v1.0) now live

You can now download the first draft version of the BARS 2015 conference programme (v1.0).

Many thanks for your patience over the last few weeks, while we have been finishing off the conference programme.

As you can imagine, it’s been no simple task, given the number of speakers and panels we have been dealing with (over 65 panels!).

In putting together the programme, we have endeavoured to avoid clashes or overlaps between similarly themed papers, so that you don’t feel like you’re missing out. Of course, with a conference this large, you’ll see that there are around seven panels in each of the nine parallel sessions, but this is a necessary evil of such a large conference.

As more relevant information comes our way, we’ll be updating the programme. Of course, we’ll keep you updated about any revisions, and we’ll let you know exactly what those revisions comprise.

Anyway, we’re hope you’re happy with the programme and how we’ve arranged things. We both think it’s a fantastic one, with four days of exciting, intriguing and illuminating talks. We’re also really looking forward to hearing your papers ourselves (well, as many as we can find time to attend) and to seeing you in person in six weeks’ time.

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!