Only five months now to QUEER COMPANY 2 on Saturday 5 November in Oxford – and we’re delighted to be able to bring you up to date with our plans – which are, we’re happy to say, maturing nicely!
Our distinguished Guest Speaker this time is Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History and Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University. Her session is entitled ‘Georgians aren’t Victorians: how to dump everything you thought you knew about nineteenth century morality’ – and to be perfectly honest we can’t wait to settle in and enjoy this – it just sounds like tremendous fun.
Our Keynote Speaker is the much-celebrated KJ Charles, known among other work for the Society of Gentlemen trilogy (published by the Loveswept imprint of Random House), which is about Regency gentlemen, radical politics, class divide, nice clothes, murder, sordid goings-on at all levels of society, and why you should never trust puce (THIS IS IMPORTANT). KJ will also be launching our new anthology for us, A CERTAIN PERSUASION, which deals with off-the-page relationships inspired by the works of Jane Austen.
Getting into the spirit of the occasion – as well as holding all this together (we hope!) – will be our illustrious MC, Aleksandr Voinov.
In addition there will be two panel discussions: ‘A Sense of Place‘ chaired by Elin Gregory and ‘How Much Reality do We Want in Our Fiction?‘ which will be chaired by Alex Beecroft. (Other panel members are still to be selected, so if you have a particular fancy for joining the team on either discussion please let us know – we love a volunteer!)
Once again we’re hoping to raise some money for the Royal British Legion with a raffle and a charity table, so if there is anything you’d like to donate to be sold on their behalf we would love to hear from you. We’re also happy to consider giveaways to include in the goody bags we’ll be handing out to everyone attending, so please contact us if you have anything to contribute.
Please do register, if you hope to attend! Numbers are strictly limited to 50, and we’re over halfway there already. Queer company is good company – and we’re looking forward to yours!