Politics and Middle-earth - The 2006 Tolkien Seminar

Press Release for Immediate Release

Politics and Middle-earth

The 2006 Tolkien Society Seminar will be held on Saturday 22nd July in the Pierce room at the Assembly House, Norwich, England.

Provisional Programme:
"Tolkien as a right-wing icon: The Strange case of Italy"
Raffaella Benvenuto
"Join the Tolkien Party".
An exploration of how both Tolkien's work and adaptations of his work relate to real life politics, left, right and centre.
Lynn Whittaker
“Metaphysics, mythology, and the politics of the 'fantastic' in
J R R Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and Ben Okri's The Famished Road”
Rosetta Sirico-Codling
“The Purging of the Shire”
An examination of the chapter “The Scouring of the Shire”.
David Doughan

If you are interested in giving a paper please contact Trevor Reynolds, the seminar organiser (see below) as we still have room for one or two additional presentations.


The cost of places at the seminar are ?18.00 for Tolkien Society members or ?20.00 for non-members. Places can be paid for on-line (see above) or by use of booking forms circulated within the Society magazine Amon Hen, downloadable from the website, available by post from the seminar organiser, or you can simply send your payment together with your name, address and any dietary or access requirements to the seminar organiser:

Trevor Reynolds, 65 Wentworth Crescent, Ash Vale, Aldershot, GU12 5LF, UK or email seminar AT tolkiensociety DOT org

Lunch and refreshments are included in the registration fee. The venue is wheelchair accessible. The closing date for registration is 14th July 2006, however spaces are limited so to secure your place please book early.

More information about the venue can be found at www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk Information about accommodation in Norwich can be obtained from the Tourist Information Centre: email, tourism@norwich.gov.uk; telephone, 01603 727927 or www.visitnorwich.co.uk

On Sunday, should enough people wish there will be an expedition to the wilds of the Norfolk Broads, to Berney Arms to look round the Windmill and visit the pub. More details will be sent when bookings are made, or see the website.

Any queries regarding this Press Release should be addressed to:

Ian Collier, Publicity Officer, e-mail publicity AT tolkiensociety.org

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