The program for this conference is available via the following link.
Conference Programme
The conference is pleased to announce the following plenary speakers:

David Mitchell
The author will be giving a plenary address 5-6 pm on Friday 4th September. He will be reading from his forthcoming novel and engaging in a Q&A with the audience. For further information on David Mitchell see his author entry on the British Council contemporary writers website.

David Mitchell's session and the following 6-7 pm roundtable on contemporary fiction in which he will participate is open to the public, at a door entry charge of £5. Entry is free to conference delegates.

Professor Peter Childs (University of Gloucestershire)
Professor Childs specialises in literature since 1900 and has published numerous essays and articles on authors such as Paul Scott, Ian McEwan, E. M. Forster and Hanif Kureishi. He has additionally edited or written over a dozen books on diverse subjects ranging from contemporary British culture to post-colonial theory. Peter's published works include: Paul Scott's Raj Quartet, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, Modernism: the New Critical Idiom, Post-Colonial Theory and English Literature, The Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture, and Reading Fiction: Opening the Text. Recent books include Contemporary Novelists: British Fiction Since 1970 for Palgrave Macmillan, Texts: Contemporary Cultural Texts and Critical Approaches for Edinburgh University Press, The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms, and Modernism and the Post-Colonial for Continuum. He has published most recently on Ian McEwan and contemporary British heritage fiction, and is currently researching a monograph on Julian Barnes for Manchester University Press. Peter was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy in 2004 and elected a Fellow of the English Association in 2005. For further information see Professor Childs' homepage

The conference is also pleased to welcome the following roundtable panelists, who, along with David Mitchell and Professor Peter Childs, will participate in a roundtable discussion on 21st century literature, 6-6.30 pm Friday 4th September:

Professor John Burnside (School of English, University of St Andrews)
Professor Margaret-Anne Hutton (Department of French, School of Modern Languages, University of St Andrews)