Fireworks: The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter
9-10 January 2017


UWE and the RWA present a diverse 2-Day conference that explores the themes, imagery, context and life of Angela Carter – one of the most important writers of the twentieth century.

The event, which takes place at the RWA and UWE’s City Campus at Arnolfini, will create a dialogue between practising artists, curators, writers, academics and students from disciplines including the visual arts, literature, history, film and media studies. This international conference which has attracted leading scholars from around the world, aims to give new insights into the strange and pyrotechnic worlds of Angela Carter and pay tribute to her visual imagination, as well re-assessing her impact and importance for the twenty-first century.

Keynote: Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

Confirmed speakers include;

  • Mannequins of Desire: Angela Carter, Cindy Sherman and Surrealism – Anna Watz (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • How to Cook a Jaguar: The Folkloric Motif of Human-Animal Transformation in the Works of Angela Carter and Ana Maria Pacheco – Mayako Murai (Kanagawa University, Japan)
  • The Holy Family Album – John Ellis (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • ‘In a silver frame, for life’: Angela Carter’s Poetry and the Function of Art – Sarah Gamble (Swansea University, UK

Click here for information about visiting Bristol, including venues, accommodation and transport.

The Fireworks Conference is organised by Dr Charlotte Crofts (Associate Professor in Filmmaking) and Dr Marie Mulvey-Roberts (Associate Professor in English Literature), both based at UWE Bristol, and Fiona Robinson RWA.

This conference coincides with the major exhibition, Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter, curated by Marie Mulvey-Roberts (UWE) and Fiona Robinson (RWA).