exciting discussions at the Bradford Literature Festival this weekend

For those within easy distance of Bradford in the UK, this weekend is going to be good! Bradford Literature Festival has passed; and there are several discussions related to JRR Tolkien.

Tolkien taught at the University of Leeds from 1920 to 1925, before his teaching career began at Oxford. It was during his years in Leeds that he wrote An average English vocabulary and its definitive edition of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (with EV Gordon). Like many other parts of England’s ‘green and pleasant land’, there are some stunning landscapes in West Yorkshire that claim to be (at least in part) an inspiration to the Shire.

Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, Tolkien Archivist Catherine McIlwaine, author and scholar John Garthand others will participate in various presentations, exploring Tolkien’s work:

What was Tolkien’s intended ending for The Lord of the Rings? What was the audience reaction to the very first adaptation of The Lord of the Rings – a radio drama now deleted forever from the BBC archives? Grace Khuri from the University of Oxford will be joined by Tolkien archivist Catherine McIlwaine and biographer John Garth to explore JRR Tolkien’s massive legacy and his son’s tireless work to share it with the world.

Catherine McIlwaine, John Garth, Grace Khuri: Tolkien: The Great Tales Never End (Saturday 25e June at 10:30 a.m.). More information and tickets available here

From Norse mythology and Christian faith to fellow fantasy writers and the very real battlefields of World War I, join us to explore the varied and unlikely inspirations that shaped JRR Tolkien’s much-loved fantasy worlds – including including Catherine J. Blatt, John Garth, and Alaric Hall.

Catherine Batt, Alaric Hall and John Garth: Where Did Tolkien Find His Inspiration? (Saturday 25e June at 11:45 a.m.). More information and tickets available here

Author of The worlds of JRR TolkienJohn Garth will take the audience on a journey through the places that inspired the Shire, Rivendell, Helms Deep and Mordor and explain how the West Midlands and Oxford, alongside Yorkshire, played their part in the designs.

John Garth on The Worlds of JRR Tolkien: The Places That Inspired Middle-earth (Sunday 26e June at 11:45 a.m.). More information and tickets available here

Tolkien inspired many writers of all genres to follow in his footsteps. Samantha Shannon, Courttia Newland and David Barnett will discuss Tolkien’s vast impact on literature and how his writings personally influenced them as writers.

Samantha Shannon, Courttia Newland and David Barnett: Inspired By Tolkien (Sunday 26e June at 4 p.m.). More information and tickets available here

Let us know if you have the chance to attend!

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