David Mitchell Conference 2009

University of St Andrews

September 3, 2009 – September 4, 2009

David Mitchell is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary writers, author of four novels with a fifth forthcoming. His first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the Mail on Sunday/John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for The Guardian First Book Award. His second, number9dream (2001), was shortlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. His third novel, Cloud Atlas (2004), won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the South Bank Show Literature Prize, and, in the British Book Awards, the Best Literary Fiction and the Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year prizes. It was also shortlisted for a further six awards including the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and it was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Mitchell’s fourth novel, Black Swan Green (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and the Quill Book Award (USA). In 2003, David Mitchell was amongst one of twenty writers named by Granta magazine as ‘Best of Young British Novelists’. Popular with literary prizes and the reading public alike, Mitchell has also recently become the subject of academic attention, with his novels appearing on university contemporary fiction reading lists, papers being presented on his work at academic conferences, and doctoral work proceeding at a number of institutions. This activity indicates a significant critical body of writing on Mitchell in the process of development. In the light of this, this conference aims to bring those scholars working on David Mitchell’s writing together in intellectual dialogue and exchange. This will consolidate and advance the critical work currently underway on his writing, leading to the first edited collection of essays on his work.

The conference is organised by Dr Sarah Dillon, Lecturer in Contemporary Fiction, School of English, University of St Andrews, UK. For more information on Dr Dillon's research and professional activities see her homepage. For more information regarding the St Andrews School of English and its activities, see the School of English Homepage.


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Deadline for the submission of proposals has been extended to 6th April 2009.  
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