Fifteenth International Robert Graves Conference 2022


The 15th International Robert Graves Conference is being held at La CaixaForum, Palma de Mallorca, from 12th - 16th July 2022 on the theme 'Robert Graves and Coreespondences'. This year the conference is also open to local residents of the Balearics and visitors. Tickets in euros for each day of the conference or a single event cost €20 or €10 and can be bought at:> (€20 for adults, for each day or less, but no meals, refreshments or transport). (€10 for students, retired, other concessions, for each day or less, but no meals, refreshments or transport).

OR: (€50 for adults, for whole conference or less, but no meals, refreshments or transport).

OR: (€25 for students, retired, other concessions, for whole conference or less, but no meals, refreshments or transport).

If you do not have a PayPal account you will need to register with PayPal; check that you are charged in euros. Multiply these prices for longer attendance. Not included are meals, refreshments or transport provided for registered international participants and guests only. There are no physical tickets, just pay online and then turn up. Tickets or admission cannot be purchased at the venue under any circumstances. See below for conference programme

The conference is presented in English

El 15º Congreso International Robert Graves celebra en CaixaForum del 12 al 16 de julio. Este año el congreso está abierto a residentes y visitantes a las Baleares. Tickets en euros por cada DIA o evento se pueden adquirir en> (€20 para adultos, todo un día or menos, pero no se incluye las comidas, refrescos, o transporte). (€10 para estudiantes, profesores, jubilados, por todo un día or menos, pero no se incluye las comidas, refrescos, o transporte).

O: (€50 adultos, por toda la conferencia or menos, pero no se incluye las comidas, refrescos, o transporte).

O: (€25 estudiantes, retired, other concessions, por toda la conferencia or menos, pero no se incluye las comidas, refrescos, o transporte).

Multiplique el precio por los días que quieren estar, o pagan por toda la conferencia. Si no tiene cuenta Paypal, tendrán que registrar; vigile que la divisa sea euros. No se incluye las comidas, refrescos, o transporte. Solo tienen acceso a ello los participantes internacionales. No hay tickets físicos. Simplemente pague on-line y preséntense a las azafatas del congreso. En ninguna circunstancia se pueden adquirir ni tickets ni entradas para el congreso en el recinto de CaixaForum. El congreso se realizará en Inglés y su programa dertallado se pueder ver a continuación.

Fifteenth International Robert Graves Conference

Robert Graves and Correspondences

CaixaForum, Palma, and Deià, Mallorca, Spain

12–16 July 2022

Organised by the Robert Graves Society and the Fundació Robert Graves


Tuesday 12 July
4.00 – 4.45 pm:Registration (CaixaForum, Palma)
4.45 pm: Welcome to Participants and announcements (Lecture Theatre)
Charles Mundye (President, Robert Graves Society)
William Graves (Robert Graves’s literary executor; Director, Fundació Robert Graves)
5.00 – 5.45 pm: Plenary Lecture
Patrick McGuinness: ‘Graves’s Correspondances’
6.45 pm: Coaches to Castillo de Bellver (Bellver Castle), Palma
7.15 pm: Welcoming Reception at Bellver Castle offered by the Ajuntament de Palma (Palma Town Hall). Welcome speeches and music by Jay Ansill, followed by drinks on the terrace
9.00 pm: Coaches return to CaixaForum, Palma
Wednesday 13 July
9.15 – 10.15 am: Panel 1
Gregory Leadbetter: ‘The Face in the Mirror: The Poet and the Critic in Graves’

Paul O’Prey: ‘Thomas Hardy and Robert Graves: A Tale of Two Picnics’
10.15 – 10.45 am: Refreshments
10.45 – 11.30 am: Lucia Graves: ‘Letters between Beryl and Robert Graves’
11.30 am – 12.30 pm:Panel 2
Chris Nicholson: ‘Translating trauma through text and film: Reverberations of Robert Graves’s The Shout’
Alicja Bemben: ‘Othering and Familiarising with Claudius’
12.30 – 1.45 pm: Lunch (own arrangements)
1.45 – 2.45 pm:Panel 3
Anett K. Jessop: ‘Adaptation & Collaboration: Laura Riding & Robert Graves’s “Greeks and Trojans”’

Stephen Rogers and Anam Kyinat: ‘“The Romantic Habit in English Poets”: Correspondences - Laura Riding, Robert Graves and Epilogue’
2.45 – 3.15 pm:Break
3.15 – 4.00 pm:Jay Ansill: ‘Remembering Laura (Riding) Jackson’
4.00 – 6.00 pm:The Laureate (2021) – film showing
6.00 – 6.30 pm:Break
6.30 – 7.30 pm:Concert Recital: April Fredrick (soprano) and Eric McElroy (piano)
8.30 pm:Dinner (own arrangements; a booking will be made for a pay-for-oneself group to dine at a nearby restaurant)
Thursday 14 July
9.15 – 10.15 am:Plenary Lecture
Jean Moorcroft Wilson: ‘Musing on Muses: Margot Callas Revealed’
10.15 – 10.45 am: Refreshments
10.45 am – 11.45 pm:Panel 4
Nicola Nathan: ‘In the Revealing Light of The White Goddess: Prayers to Hekate Soteira and invocations of the Divine Feminine in Contemporary Women’s Poetry’

Tanja Cvetković: ‘Connections between Northrop Frye and Robert Graves’
11.45 – 12.45 pm: Panel 5
Joseph Bailey: ‘“Coachmen to Chauffeurs”: Letters between Robert Graves and Basil Liddell-Hart in the Middle of the Second World War’

Candida Ridler: ‘A letter of Introduction: Robert Graves, E.M. Forster and C.P. Cavafy’
12.45 – 1.45 pm: Lunch (own arrangements)
1.45 – 2.30 pm: Robert Graves Society Talk
Dunstan Ward: ‘Poetic Correspondence: Robert Graves’s Verse Letters’
2.30 – 3.30 pm: Philip Graves and William Graves: ‘The Robert Graves Web and Letters Project’
3.30 – 4.15 pm: Mohamed-Salah Omri: ‘Introduction to the holdings of St John’s College, Oxford Library, the Robert Graves holdings and new accessions
4.15 – 4.45 pm: Break: featuring ‘Strangers at the Party’
4.45 – 5.30 pm: Charles Mundye: ‘Missing Letters in the Correspondence of Robert Graves, Lynette Roberts and Keidrych Rhys’
5.30 – 6.30 pm: Readings (Lecture Theatre)
Gregory Leadbetter, Patrick Mctd class=td_conf_timeGuinness, Nicola Nathan
6.30 – 7.15pm: Book launch and Refreshments (thanks to Dare Gale Press)
7.30 pm: Dinner (own arrangements)
Friday 15 July
9:15 am: [Prompt]Coach departs from CaixaForum for Deià NB: The coach will not wait for latecomers, due to parking restrictions outside CaixaForum, the conference venue. You can also buy sandwiches in the local shops in Deià (local restaurants can be a little expensive)
10:00 – 11.00: amCoach arrives in Deià. To La Residencia Hotel for ‘The Poet’s Walk’ (Refreshments provided) Unveiling of Robert Graves bust and plaque by Juan Waelder
11.00 – 11.30 am: Walk to Church (transport provided if required), and visit Robert Graves’s tomb
11.30 am – 12.30 pm: Reading and chat Setting: mini-amphitheatre by the Church
12:30 – 4.30 pm: Visit: Deià. Free to walk down to the Cala (30 mins.) for a swim, have a coffee or refreshments in the village, or visit Ca n'Alluny early as a paying guest (reduced rates for conference attenders).
4.30 – 5.15 pm: Re-assemble at Ca n'Alluny for: La Casa de Robert Graves (‘The House of Robert Graves’ Introductory film (15 mins) (Auditorium). A private visit to Ca n’Alluny, Robert Graves’s home, and its 1930s garden, hosted by William Graves and other members of the Graves family.
5.15 – 6.15 pm: Reading at Ca n’Alluny: To include Ruth Fainlight, Sean O’Brien, Dunstan Ward
6.15 – 6.45 pm: Refreshments and snacks
6.45 – 7.30 pm: ‘Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme; Songs of Gravesian Significance’ Martin Carthy, Jay Ansill, Claudia Balant and friends
7.30 pm: Walk or take minibus to Cala de Deià.
7.45 pm: Minibus makes second trip to Cala de Deià.
8.00 pm: Conference Dinner (fish supper) at Restaurant Ca's Patro March.
10:00 pm: Minibus to coach at top of Cala road
10:15 pm: Minibus to coach at top of Cala road
10:30 pm: Coach leaves from top of Cala road for Palma
11:45 pm: Coach arrives at Palma (CaixaForum and main conference hotels)
Saturday 16 July
10.00 – 10.30 am: Julia Simonne: ‘The Half-Finished Letter’
10.30 – 11 am: Refreshments
11 – 12 pm: Plenary Lecture
Fran Brearton: ‘Ghostly Echoes: Robert Graves and Derek Mahon’
12.15 – 1 pm: Meeting of the Robert Graves Society

End of conference
The conference is open to all. It will be of interest to academics, teachers, research students, and anyone else who is interested in the life and writings of Robert Graves and his circle. The series of Robert Graves conferences have built up a reputation for their scholarly excellence and their friendly dialogue among participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, both lay and academic, and the Graves family itself.
To register an interest in attending the conference as a non-speaker, please e-mail the Robert Graves Society Secretary/Treasurer, Patrick Villa: E:

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