This autumn the J B Priestley Society are sponsoring a conference titled:


The conference will take place in the Priestley Room of the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 10.00 until 17.00 on 25 October 2014. The conference fee, payable by all participants, will be £15 for JBPS members and £22 for non-members.


Offers of papers in the areas listed below are welcomed. The standard length of paper will be 20 minutes but in the specific case of English Journey shorter 10-minute papers on particular aspects of the book will equally be welcomed. These shorter papers will be gathered together in a ‘round table’ on English Journey.


PRIESTLEY TOPICS; English Journey: its origins, content, reception and influence; Priestley’s social-realistic fiction from Angel Pavement to Three Men in New Suits; his broadcasts, social commentary and film work of the period.*

*Priestley’s plays of this period are so rich and complex a topic that it is suggested detailed discussion of them should be reserved to a future occasion.

BROADER TOPICS (For all papers in these areas a substantial cross-reference to Priestley’s comparable work of the period should be included): Orwell’s documentaries and social-realist fiction of the period 1930-1939; Female Perspectives — Phyllis Bentley, Winifred Holtby and the Yorkshire social novel; Auden, MacNeice and the documentary impulse in poetry; The documentary film from Grierson to Jennings; Fiction of contemporary working-class life (e.g. Walter Greenwood, A.J. Cronin).




Abstracts of papers should be sent to the conference organizer Dr K E Smith, either as Word attachments to or in typed hard-copy to Dr K E Smith, 7 Cockley Hill Lane, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield HD5 0HH. For 20 minute papers include paper title and a c.100-word summary; for 10 minute round-table papers include paper title and a c.50-word summary. Your name, postal and email address and any affiliation should be included. Closing date for submission of paper proposals is 14 June 2014. Acceptance of titles will be notified by 12 July 2014, though contributors should note that final acceptance of papers into the conference programme will also be dependent on pre-payment of the relevant conference fee by 13 September 2014.


Further, alternative payment arrangements for the conference will be notified later, but early registration of a place at the conference may be confirmed by sending a sterling cheque for the relevant amount, made out to ‘The J B Priestley Society’, to the conference organizer at the above postal address.

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