Thank you!

A huge thank you to all the great people involved in making yesterday’s symposium such a fantastic event: our delegates, our sponsors and especially, Rupert Thomson!


Final Programme

Rupert Thomson: a critical symposium

John Rylands Library, Deansgate


9.30–10 Registration & welcome

10-11 Keynote

Chair: Kaye Mitchell

John McAuliffe (Manchester): ‘“Candour and secrecy”: forms of fiction in This Party’s Got to Stop and Secrecy

11-12 Panel 1: Power and Space

Chair: Ian McGuire

Iain Robinson (UEA), ‘Power and Dystopia in Rupert Thomson’s Divided Kingdom

Robert Duggan (Chichester), ‘“Border games” and security in the work of Rupert Thomson’

12-1 lunch

1-2 Panel 2: Shame and Sexuality

Chair: Rebecca Pohl

Martyn Colebrook (London), ‘The Book of Revelation:  Rupert Thomson’s Danse Macabre

Kaye Mitchell (Manchester), ‘The Book of Revelation and the “Shame of Being a Man”’

2-2.30 coffee

2.30-4 Panel 3: Death of a Murderer

Chair: Jerome de Groot

Rhona Gordon (Glasgow), ‘The Ghostly Presence of Her: Representations of the body of Myra Hindley in Rupert Thomson’s Death of a Murderer

Jim Byatt (St Andrews), ‘Drawing the Line (and Crossing it) in Thomson’s Death of a Murderer’

Chris Vardy (Manchester), ‘Happier days for all of us? Childhood and abuse in Death of a Murderer

4.30 Wine Reception (2nd View Bar, Waterstones, Deansgate)

6 Rupert Thomson public reading (Events Room, Waterstones, Deansgate)

7.30 Conference Dinner