The Raymond Williams Society annually part-funds a small number of conferences, seminars or other events that support the Society’s aims of developing intellectual and political projects in areas broadly connected with Raymond Williams’s work.
Applications for 2016 should be sent in an email to the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 October 2015. Late applications may be considered if funds remain.
The proposal should be 300-500 words and explicitly state the relevance of the event to the aims of the Society. It should also include provisional dates, location, participants, prospective audience and a budget for the event. Applications may be made for up to £400, though most often smaller sums are allocated. Please also include full contact details of the organiser(s) and, if relevant, institutional affiliation(s).
Funds are paid out retrospectively on receipt of a short report.
Mike Dibbs’s 1979 film drawing on Williams’s The Country and the City will be screened at 6pm on Saturday 26 September 2015 in the Wigtown County Building cinema as part of the Wigtown Book Festival. Tickets, priced £5, are available online at www.wigtownbookfestival.com or from the box office on 01988 403222.
This year’s Annual Raymond Williams Lecture will be given by Susan Watkins, editor of New Left Review, on the topic of
Social Perspectives in Bad Times: Re-Reading Williams’s Modern Tragedy
Saturday 21 November 2015 at 3pm
Ruskin College, Oxford
Please contact Kristin Ewins with any questions.
The next issue of Key Words will be published in October. It’s been guest-edited by David Alderson and includes articles by Lisa Henderson, Stephen Maddison and David Wilkinson on the theme of Queerwords: Sexuality and the Politics of Culture.
Also in this issue: Tony Crowley traces the history and uses of the keyword ‘radical’ alongside an article on Williams’s historical novel People of the Black Mountains by John Connor and last year’s prize-winning essay by Jen Morgan on uses of Shelley in working-class culture.
An hour on the life of Ewan MacColl narrated by John Cooper Clarke with Peggy Seeger, Ben Harker and original recordings of MacColl himself. The programme was broadcast this spring on Radio 2 and is available online.
Artist Diana Heeks, based in Llanrhystud, West Wales, is developing a project in the Black Mountains inspired by Raymond Williams’s unfinished novel People of the Black Mountains. The project comprises four, week-long visits to the region and is funded by a ‘research and development’ grant from the Arts Council of Wales.
Click the links below to the blog of Arts Alive (Crickhowell), who are acting as partners in the venture:
To conclude the research and development phase of the project, there will be an Open Studio on the morning of Thursday 22 October (time to be decided) at Diana’s project studio base at Broadley Farm near Llanthony.
Raymond Williams Society members are warmly invited; details to be sent in due course.
Read Tony Pinkney’s post-conference blog entry on Raymond Williams Now.
The conference was held on 30 May 2015 and had been organised by the Greater Manchester-based Radical Studies Network and generously supported by the Raymond Williams Society and the Raymond Williams Foundation.
Tony Crowley gave a keynote on the topic ‘Keywords, Then and Now’ and Ruth Beale showed her film of ‘Performing Keywords’.
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Geoff Dyer’s piece on Raymond Williams for the New Statesman is available here.