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Conference Schedule

Note - Time will be allowed for questions and discussion

Friday, August 13

10:15-11:15 Tom Shippey - Tolkien’s Welsh library.
The books of Welsh mythology that Tolkien knew and owned.

11:15 Break

11:30:-12:30 Dimitra Fimi - The Welsh language and Tolkien’s “linguistic aesthetic”: the appeal of Sindarin Elvish. The roots of Sindarin and beauty in sound of words.

12:30 -1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Ruth Lacon Tolkien and King Arthur - The connections between Tolkien’s stories and the Matter of Arthur.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Deirdre Dawson - Language Loss and Preservation in Middle-Earth
How Tolkien made linguistic change within his sub-created world work as in real languages.

3:45-4:45 Mellisa R. Arul - Elvish Identity - A Journey

4:45-5:45 Alex Lewis - King Arthur and Middle Earth.

5:45 Discussion and close.

Saturday, August 14

9:20-10:15 Joseph Tadie - Emmanuel Levinas and JRR Tollkien on Serving the other as Release from Bondage

10.15-11:15 Alex Lewis Tolkien and the Ancient Mariner: How Coleridge’s poem influenced Tolkien’s world.

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Sara Brown - Stirring the Alembic: Alchemical Resonances in The Lord of the Rings

12:30-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Verlyn Flieger - Linguistics and Lore in Wales and Middle Earth

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Sarah Sprouce Ending the dualism of nature and industry in The Lord of the Rings

3:45-4:45 Alyson Henely-Einion - The tranmission of The Lord of the Rings into film format

4:45 - 5:00 Break

5:00-6:00 Guido Mastroianni - The Return of the Hero: The necissity of fantasy literature today

6:00-7:00 Colin Manlove - The Lord of the Rings as Literature.

7:00 Discussion and close

Sunday, August 15

10:00 - 11:00 Simon Eckstein - Welsh modernism in Tolkien’s works

11:00 - 12:00 Corey Olsen Tolkien’s Double Vision: the Moral Complexity of Tolkien’s sub creation

12:00 - 14:30 Discussion and lunch

14:30 - 15:30 Elizabeth Kelly Martin “Ever on and on”: Ownership in Beowulf and Tolkien’s Fiction

3:30 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 4:45 John Garth - "Robert Quilter Gilson, TCBS: A brief life in letters"

4:45 – 6:00 Panel discussion with all keynote speakers (Shippey, Garth, Flieger, Olsen, Duriez, Manlove)

6:00 Close of conference

Fan Expo Schedule

Note - Time will be allowed for questions after each talk

Friday, August 13

11:00 Opening

11:15 Sara Brown - Fan Fiction

12:00 - 12:45 Peter Kenny - Collecting Tolkienalia: An illustrated tour of the collectors world.

12:45 - 2:00 Discussion and Lunch

2:00 - 2:30 Stephen Walsh - The art of Stephen Walsh

2:30 - 3:00 Adina Ispas - Cracks in one’s preconception: Hobbit Heroes, History, and the other quest in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

3:00 - 3:45 Tom Shippey - Heroic Styles and Theories of Courage in Tolkien and the movies.

3:45 - 4:30 Colin Duriez - Tolkien and CS Lewis - The Gift of Friendship 

4:30 - 5:00  Rene van Rossenberg - The Tolkien Collector: what is collectable and what isn't

5:00 - 5:45 Dimitra Fimi Tolkien - Wales and The Welsh Language, general talk

5:45 - 6:15 Rodney Matthews - The art of Rodney

6:15 - 6:30 Discussion and close

Saturday, August 14

11:00 - 11:30 Rene van Rossenberg - The Tolkien Collector: what is collectable and what isn't

11:30 - 11:45 Stephen Walsh - The art of Stephen Walsh

11:45 - 12:30 Ruth Lacon - The Art of Tolkien Illustration

12:30 - 1:15 Colin Manlove - Tolkien and Modern Fantasy

1:15 - 2:30 - Discussion and Lunch

2:30 - 3:15 Guido Mastroianni - Genesis Retold: J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion and C.S. Lewis’s The Magicians’s Nephew

3:15 - 3:45 Joseph Tadie - On reading The Hobbit and Initating Bilbo: Dialogue with fans

3:45 - 4:15 Peter Kenny - Collecting Tolkienalia: An illustrated tour of the collector’s world.

4:15 - 4:30 Break

4:30 – 5:00 Rodney Matthews The Art of Rodney Matthews

5:00 - 5:45 Colin Duriez - Tolkien and CS Lewis - The Gift of Friendship

5:45 - 6:30 Deirdre Dawson - Understanding Tolkien’s Characters through their language

6:30 – 7:00 Discussion and close

Sunday, August 15

10:00-10:30 Rene Van Rosenberg The Tolkien Collector; what is collectable and what isn't

10:30-11:00 Rodney Matthews- The art of Rodney Mathews

11:15 - 12:00 Peter Kenny - Collecting Tolkienalia: An illustrated tour of the collector’s world.

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00- 1:45 John Garth - A soldier's tale: The First World War and The Lord of the Rings

1:45 - 2:30 Colin Duriez Tolkien and CS Lewis - The gift of frienship

2:30 - 3:30 Verlyn Flieger - Politically Incorrect Tolkien

3:30 - 3:45 Break

3:45 - 4:30 Cory Olsen - Bilbo Baggins and the Defense of Fantasy

4:30-5:00 Stephen Walsh - The art of Stephen Walsh

5:00-5:30 Chris Bradshaw - Discussion and readings from his new book The Green Book of Olwen Ellis 

5:30 - 6:15 Alyson Henley-Einion - The correlations between Tolkien and JK Rowling, postulating that the majority of Rowling's major themes and characters are lifted directly from Tolkien's work.

6:15 - 6:30 Discussion and close


Festival Schedule

This is the draft schedule the main stage performances. We have purposely allowed room in the schedule for additional performers. Some performers will be giving impromptu performances at various locations throughout the festival depending on the size of the crowd. This schedule will also reflect closer to the time the start of other activities like competitions, workshops, face painting, costume pageants, treasure hunt, games etc. We encourage you to come in fantasy costume and get into the spirit of the event. Tony Eames, Runesmith, Elaine Hillson and other exhibitors will all be demonstrating their craft at their stall. Some of the artist will also be sketching and painting on-site.

Friday, August 13

Tolkien Inspired Live Action Role Play
This exciting and unique interactive live theater experience will allow festival attendees to get into the spirit of things by dressing up in costume and creating their own Middle Earth character. Attendees will then be invited to participate in thrilling (and safe) battle re-enactments, dancing and performances all in the style and fashion of Middle Earth. Attendees who do not wish to participate can just watch and offer their support and encouragement.
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12:00-12:30 Marco Lo Muscio organist, pianist and composer, one of the most versatile musicians of his generation

12:30 -1:15 Anne Lister - Songs and storytelling. Her songs are rooted in the heritage of these islands, often taking a myth or a folktale and putting a modern twist on it. Her deep love and respect for Tolkien’s work has influenced her own writing since childhood

1:30 - 2:15 Robin LaTrobe - “The story of Beren and Luthien” Robin LaTrobe is a storyteller and novelist who works in the tradition of the great myths of the West. She tells the tale in the words of Tolkien himself. The lyrical beauty of the tale requires no less.

2:00 - 2:30 Corey Olsen - Hobbit interactive session

2:15 - 2:45 Andrea Keirstead - Pianist

2:30 - 3:00 Dimitra Fimi – J.R.R. Tolkien classroom workshop

2:45 - 3:45 Marco Lo Muscio organist, pianist and composer, one of the most versatile musicians of his generation          

3:00 - 3:45 Cindy Zudys – “Tales of the Earth” Romany story teller focussed around the landscape that inspired J.R.R.Tolkien

3:45 - 4:45 Harriet Earis – Celtic harpist

4:00 Tolkien Trivia Quiz - Test your knowledge of all things Tolkien

4:45 - 5:30 Nasilamb “Tales from Middle Earth" Tales from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien brought to you in costume through song and dance and fights!

5:30 - 6:15 Glen McAllister - Guitarist

6:00 Hairy Feet Competition – Who amongst us has the most Hobbit like feet?

6:15 - 6:45 Marco Lo Musico

7:00 - 8:15 La Diskett-  Jazz music band

8:30 - 10:00 BROCC- Brocc’s music is rooted in the myths and legends of our land. With six voices and a range of wonderful instruments from harp, hurdygurdy and bowed psaltery to pipes and percussion, we weave songs, tunes, narration and costumes into a spellbinding experience.

10:15 - 11:30 Tor Marrock – “Metal/Folk Band” Inspired by Tolkien this band creates a magical performance enhanced with lights and costumes.

Saturday, August 14

Tolkien Inspired Live Action Role Play
This exciting and unique interactive live theater experience will allow festival attendees to get into the spirit of things by dressing up in costume and creating their own Middle Earth character. Attendees will then be invited to participate in thrilling (and safe) battle re-enactments, dancing and performances all in the style and fashion of Middle Earth. Attendees who do not wish to participate can just watch and offer their support and encouragement.
Read more

11:00 - 11:45 Peter Kenny – “Mr Proudfoot” Peter will perform songs inspired by Tolkien and recite his own wonderful poetry as well as storytelling – here we have our very own Mr Proudfoot from across the encircling seas

11:00 - 1:00 Marco Lo Muscio organist, pianist and composer, one of the most versatile musicians of his generation

11:30 - 12:00 Dimitra Fimi – J.R.R Tolkien classroom workshop

12:00 - 12:45 Colin Rudd – “Music inspired by Tolkien” A wonderful acoustic guitarist with a clear and crisp voice playing an array of songs inspired by the great man himself.

1:00-1:45 Cindy Zudys – “Tales of the Earth” Romany story teller focussed around the landscape that inspired J.R.R.Tolkien

2:00-2:45 Jon Evans – “A Bardic Initiation” With the use of spellbinding artworks and poetry to match, Welsh artist Jon Evans unfolds his own initiation into the mysteries of life and takes you on an extraordinary journey through the inner realms of magic and transformation.

3:00-3:45 Nasilamb “Tales from Middle Earth" Tales from the works of J.R.R. Tolkien brought to you in costume through song and dance and fights!

3:00-3:30 Corey Olsen - Hobbit interactive session

4:00 Tolkien Trivia Quiz - Test your knowledge of all things Tolkien

5:00 Hairy Feet Competition - Who amongst us has the most Hobbit like feet?

5:15-6:00 Glen McAllister - Guitarist

7:00-8:15 La Diskett- Jazz music band

8:30 - 10:00 BROCC - Brocc’s music is rooted in the myths and legends of our land. With six voices and a range of wonderful instruments from harp, hurdygurdy and bowed psaltery to pipes and percussion, we weave songs, tunes, narration and costumes into a spellbinding experience.

10:15-11:30 Tor Marrock – “Metal/Folk Band” Inspired by Tolkien this band creates a magical performance enhanced with lights and costumes.

Sunday, August 15

Tolkien Inspired Live Action Role Play
This exciting and unique interactive live theater experience will allow festival attendees to get into the spirit of things by dressing up in costume and creating their own Middle Earth character. Attendees will then be invited to participate in thrilling (and safe) battle re-enactments, dancing and performances all in the style and fashion of Middle Earth. Attendees who do not wish to participate can just watch and offer their support and encouragement.
Read more

10:00-10:30 Cindy Zudys – “Tales of the Earth” Romany story teller focussed around the landscape that inspired J.R.R.Tolkien.

10:30-11:30 Harriet Earis and Ian Wyn Rowlands Duet - Harp and Welsh singer/guitarist.

12:00 - 12:30 Robin LaTrobe - “The story of Beren and Luthien” Robin LaTrobe is a storyteller and novelist who works in the tradition of the great myths of the West. She tells the tale in the words of Tolkien himself. The lyrical beauty of the tale requires no less.

12:30-1:00 “Mr Proudfoot” Peter will perform songs inspired by Tolkien and recite his own wonderful poetry as well as storytelling – here we have our very own Mr Proudfoot from across the encircling seas

1:00 - 2:00 Jon Evans - “A Bardic Initiation” With the use of spellbinding artworks and poetry to match, Welsh artist Jon Evans unfolds his own initiation into the mysteries of life and takes you on an extraordinary journey through the inner realms of magic and transformation.

2:00-2:30 Andrea Keirstead – Pianist

2:15-3:00 Anne Lister – Songs and storytelling. Her songs are rooted in the heritage of these islands, often taking a myth or a folktale and putting a modern twist on it. Her deep love and respect for Tolkien’s work has influenced her own writing since childhood

3:15 - 4:00 La Diskett-  Jazz music band

4:00 to 5:00 Harriet Earis

5:00 Hairy Feet Competition

5:00-5:45 Colin Rudd – “Music inspired by Tolkien” A wonderful acoustic guitarist with a clear and crisp voice playing an array of songs inspired by the great man himself.

Official sponsor
Festival Art and Books

Festival in the Shire; A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired will contain themes from the books; The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by the author J.R.R. Tolkien as well as his son Christopher Tolkien. Many new fans are only familiar with The Lord of the Rings movie and eagerly await the new Hobbit movie. We hope to enlighten both new and old fans with the huge variety of J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien inspired books, art, paintings, collectibles, memorabilia, games, computer games, toys, statues, movie memorabilia etc. available to collect and enjoy. There are literally thousands of different items.

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