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Programme

We are delighted to announce the final programme for 'Botanical Modernism(s)'.

Registration opens at 4:30 pm.

Session one - 5 to 6:15 pm

HATTIE WALTERS - UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

'Tell-Tale Shapes: The Arts and Crafts Garden and Ford's Modernist Historical Narratives'

Hattie Walters is an AHRC-funded student studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham. Working on the intersections between twentieth-century horticultural design and literary modernism, she seeks examples of the modernist pastoral across both texts and gardens, looking for examples of intertextuality. 

DR LAURA BLOMVALL - UNIVERSITY OF YORK

'The Second World War and the Poetry of Gardens'

Laura Blomvall has a PhD from the university of York, where she completed a research project on the limits of lyric poetry. She is currently working on an AHRC-funded research project using the War, State and Society digital resource at Routledge, Taylor and Francis.

JACK HEAD - QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

'Eagle's Nest, Patrick Heron, and the Modern Garden in St Ives'

Jack Head is a law student at Queen Mary, University of London, currently researching the architecture of legal buildings in the UK from a socio-legal perspective. He is also an art writer, and has particular interest in 20th century British and European painting.

Break for refreshments - 6:15 to 6:30 pm.

Session two - 6:30 to 7:45 pm.

DR CAMILLA BOSTOCK - UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

'Vegetable Time: The Prehistoric Plants of Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and Dora Carrington'.

Dr Camilla Bostock recently completed her PhD at the University of Sussex on non-human life in the work of D.H. Lawrence and now works as a lecturer in English at the university of Plymouth teaching Modernism and critical theory. 

RORY HUTCHINGS - INDEPENDENT

''A meeting Place between Man and Nature': Mysticism and the Modernist Garden'

Rory Hutchings gained his BA and MA in English and Literary studies respectively from Goldsmiths, University of London. His interests include the intersection of modernism and animal studies, critical ecologies in American literature and regional modernisms in the works of Beckett, Woolf and the Sussex modernists.

VICTORIA KORNICK - UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

'Tracing Mrs. Dalloway's Flowers'

Victoria Kornick is a PhD student in English Literature and Creative Writing at the university of Southern California. She holds an MFA from New York University, where she was a Rona Jaffe fellow and Goldwater Fellow.

Key Note and final remarks - 7:45 to 8:45pm

We are excited to announce that the keynote address shall be delivered by Dr Jeremy Diaper.

Jeremy Diaper is a postdoctoral researcher and Higher Education professional at Durham University. He has published numerous chapters and articles on T. S. Eliot's agrarianism and the history of the organic husbandry movement in leading international journals, including: Agricultural History, Agricultural History Review, the Journal of the T. S. Eliot Society UK, T. S. Eliot Studies Annual and Literature & History. His first monograph on T. S. Eliot and Organicism was published by Liverpool University Press (UK) in 2018 and he is currently editing a special issue of Modernist Cultures on 'Modernism and the Environment' and a collection of essays on Eco-Modernism.

After the event, you are welcome to head to the Abergavenny Arms (open to 11pm) for drinks.

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