The William Golding Centenary Conference, 16-18 September 2011

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Tim Kendall, University of Exeter
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The William Golding Centenary Conference
University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus; Tremough, 16-18 September 2011
Deadline for Proposals: 31 March 2011

Born in Cornwall, William Golding returned to his native county late in life, finding what he called 'a little bit of heaven' at Perranarworthal, a hamlet just a few miles from what is now the University of Exeter's Cornwall campus. In September 2011, the campus will mark the centenary of his birth by holding a major conference in his honour. Events will include a tour of his family home, a film screening, and an exhibition of unpublished manuscripts and memorabilia.

Although he is still best remembered for Lord of the Flies, Golding wrote across a variety of genres. His published works comprise a dozen novels, a play, short stories, essays, poems, and a travel book. Interest in Golding is now undergoing a strong revival, most recently marked by John Carey's biography.

Papers are invited on any aspect of William Golding's life and work. Topics which may be covered include, but are not restricted to:

Lord of the Flies and its afterlives
Golding and women
Golding among his contemporaries
The rational and the religious
Golding and the state of the nation
Golding's non-fictional writings
Childhood and innocence
Golding and war
Golding's narrative techniques
Golding and travel
Golding's influence/influences on Golding

Further details are available on the conference blog: Please submit proposals (approximately 250 words for 20-minute papers) before 31 March 2011 to the conference organisers: Tim Kendall ( and Adeline Johns-Putra (