Conference thanks

A huge thank you to everyone for attending and contributing to a wonderfully stimulating conference.

Adam Smyth’s keynote on ‘Books, Waste, Ghosts’ was a fascinating start to the day. Our panel sessions featured incredibly interesting papers from a variety of fields but all with valuable and compelling ways of approaching works in progress. Many thanks to our round table panelists – Gabriel Egan, Lucy Hobbs and Christopher Walker – for stepping in to save the day and providing us with stimulating discussion and insight into industry and academic approaches to 21st century works in progress.

Finally, thank you to the chairs and conference organisers for making it happen.

We’re looking forward to next year!


Schedule Change

We’re sorry to announce that Professor Julie Sanders has reluctantly had to withdraw from this year’s conference and can no longer deliver her closing keynote.

Instead we have organised a Round Table Discussion on the topic of 21st Century Editorial and Developmental Practices and we have lined up some exciting speakers to sit on the panel!

Professor Gabriel Egan

Gabriel Egan is a Professor of Shakespeare Studies and the Director of the Centre for Textual Studies at De Montfort University. He is the author of The Struggle for Shakespeare’s Text: Twentieth Century Editorial Theory and Practice (2010), one of the General Editors for the New Oxford Shakespeare Complete Works and co-edits the journals Shakespeare and Theatre Notebook. Gabriel is currently editing Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona and is the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded research project “Shakespeare’s Early Editions: Computational Methods for Textual Studies” that will explore the differences between the quarto and Folio versions of his plays to see if they can be quantified and explained in terms of textual corruption and authorial and non-authorial revision.

Lucy Hobbs

Lucy Hobbs is a Research student in the Centre for Adaptations at De Montfort University. She is currently working on her PhD ‘Adapting the Role of M in the James Bond Franchise’. Her background is in commissioning and project managing titles on English and English Literature lists for leading Educational Publishers, having trained as an editor and commissioner at Oxford University Press. She is also Editorial Manager of the A-level magazine, The English Review.

Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker is the programme leader for De Montfort University’s MA in Television Scriptwriting, which he helped to design, and teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at York St John University.  He was the Head of Central Independent Television’s Script Unit and later the Creative Executive of Columbia TriStar Central Productions.  He is an experienced television script editor and is the Vice Chair of Writing East Midlands. Christopher co-wrote The Insiders Guide to Writing for Television with Julian Friedmann, published in 2012. He also produced the ITV sitcom The Upper Hand, Sob Sisters and has developed comedy projects for Carlton and the BBC.

Travel & Accommodation

We hope you’re all looking forward to the conference as much as we are! Here’s some travel and accommodation details for those of you planning ahead.


The following link will provide you with information on getting to De Montfort University and a campus map: The conference will be taking place in Queens Building, Mill Lane, which is number 31 on the campus map.


There are a number of local hotels, all within easy walking distance of the campus. (Unfortunately, there is no student accommodation available as the university halls are fully booked from September.)

Castle Park Hotel, Millstone Lane (5 minute walk to De Montfort University)

Holiday Inn, St Nicholas Circle (5-10 minute walk to DMU)

Premier Inn, St Georges Way, next to Leicester train station (5-10 minute walk to DMU)

Travelodge, Leicester Central, Vaughan Way (10 minute walk to DMU)

Holiday Inn Express, Filbert Way, next to Leicester City Football Club (10-15 minute walk to DMU) University

Ramada Encore Leicester, Charles Street (15 minute walk to DMU)

Ibis, St Georges Way, near to Leicester train station (15 minute walk to DMU)