Evolving Stories

This year’s committee is proud to announce the Call for Papers for this years GradCATS is now live.

The third annual Graduate Conference for Adaptation and Textual Studies (GradCATS) at De Montfort University, Leicester, aims to explore the idea of “evolving stories” from a vast range of perspectives, including editing, script-writing, reception, adaptation and translation. “Stories” will be understood in a broad sense, encompassing novels, poems, plays, illustrations, films, dance, music, photography, video games, fan fiction and others. Proposals for 20-minute papers, panel sessions and poster presentations are welcome.

Proposals of up to 250 words should be submitted to gradcats@outlook.com or in the form below by Monday 10th April 2017.

The conference on “Evolving Stories” will take place on 29th June 2017 at De Montfort University, Leicester.


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.

Works in Progress’ Schedule

Works in Progress’ exciting schedule has been finalised!

Registration 8.45-9.30

KEYNOTE 1 [0.09] 9:30—10:30: Dr Adam Smyth (University of Oxford)

Break 10:30-10:50

SESSION 1 10:50—12:10

PANEL 1A [0.09]: People in Progress

Sally King (De Montfort University), ‘Interpret, interrogate and censor: The changing faces and fates of the Cinderella cast’

Jayne Buchanan (Plymouth University), ‘Art History: From Archival Research to Working with Living Artists’

Lucy Hobbs (De Montfort University), ‘The evolution of M – an extensible franchise character’

PANEL 1B [0.13]: Editing

Adrian Osbourne (Swansea University), ‘“Work in Progress”: Dylan Thomas’s “Altarwise by owl-light” in the fifth notebook’

James Monkman (Independent Scholar), ‘Compromised Fiction: The Editing of John Cheever’s “Torch Song” by Gustave Lobrano’

Philip Tromans (De Montfort University), ‘Richard Hakluyt, Editor’

Lunch 12:10-1:10

SESSION 2 1.10-2.30

PANEL 2A [0.09]: Unfinished Business

Kieran Foster (De Montfort University), ‘Dracula Unseen: The Unmade Films of Hammer’

Isobel Clarke (Royal College of Music), ‘“The triumph of an idea and a temperament in perpetual symbol”: Nijinsky’s Tyl Eulenspiegel

Nicola Boyle (De Montfort University) ‘“Sir I perceive you misdoubt my readiness”: an early modern example of the elasticity of deadlines’

PANEL 2B [0.13]: Adaptation

Chloe Owen (University of Exeter), ‘“The form of Faustus’ fortunes”: Dr Faustus as a Work in Progress’

Anupama Basu (University of York) ‘At the Intertextual Confluence: Rethinking Subalternity in Ray’s Adaptations of Tagore’

Sarah Burdett (University of York) ‘“A Strict Adherence to Truth”: Matthew West’s Adaptation of John Edmund Eyre’s The Maid of Normandy

Break 2:30-2:50

SESSION 3 2:50-4:10

PANEL 3A [0.09]: Film Production Practices

Laura Fryer (De Montfort University), ‘Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Merchant Ivory’s collaborative filmmaking, or, Who did what and who cares?’

Tot Foster (Open University), ‘Grassroots’ video in the UK social welfare charity sector – developing a prototype for production’

PANEL 3B [0.13]: Composition

Andrew Raven (Lancaster University), ‘What is Compositional Hermeneutics?’

Megan Beech (University of Cambridge), ‘Process and Progress: Dickens’s notetaking practices and the composition of Our Mutual Friend

Andrew Jeffrey (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘“Most Incomplete”: Maggie O Sullivan’s Body of Work (in progress)’

Break 4:10-4.20

KEYNOTE 2 [0.09] 4:20—5:20: Professor Julie Sanders (Newcastle University) ‘To be continued’

Read Julie Sanders’ abstract

The internationally-renowned Julie Sanders has kindly supplied us with an abstract of her keynote address to Works in Progress delegates, to whet our appetite for the day.

‘To be continued’

This talk will attempt a creative and playful approach to the concept of work in progress that itself presents projects not yet fully realised, adaptations in the process of becoming, a repertoire in the making, and scripts in development. The intention will be to explore the value and purpose of engaging with theatre work from its earliest inception in order to interrogate the creative process, and the ways in which theatre work is always an example of adaptation in process. What adaptation studies and academic work, not least editorial but also critical, might gain from engagement and collaboration with theatre companies will be a major focus: in terms of the so-called ‘finished product’, production or performance,  but also with ideas half-formed, those set aside in the process of rehearsal, and those which emerge after the official first night reviews. In the course of the discussion, I will suggest that not only is all theatre work adaptation in process but also that adaptation criticism is in this respect always unfinished, open-ended, subject to review ….

The raw material for this talk is itself part of a collaborative endeavour with Lorne Campbell and Northern Stage in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and I am grateful to them for the inspiration and the opportunity.

Find out more about Lorne Campbell and Northern Stage here and here.

Accommodation for Works in Progress is available

We can now announce that there are a limited number of rooms at New Wharf Hall for sale, at the very reasonable price of £25.20, for the night before Works in Progress (Wednesday 6 July). They are on sale here.

Registration is now open

Registration for this year’s conference, Works in Progress, is now open. We have exciting papers on literature, history and music as works in progress, and two exceptional keynote speakers, Professor Julie Sanders (Newcastle) and Dr Adam Smyth (Oxford).

Click here to register. The schedule will appear here soon.