Bronte Parsonage Museum1

Commemorating literature 



25 May 2019


9.30 am - 5.00 pm


University of Nottingham


The workshop is free to attend but places are strictly limited. Please register via the link below by Wednesday 15th May. 


Online registration 


Confirmed speakers

  • Sandeep Mahal, Nottingham City of Literature
  • Jesús Ortega and Carmen Casares, Granada City of Literature
  • Carolyn Melbourne, DH Lawrence Birthplace
  • Andrew Harrison, DH Lawrence Research Centre (English, University of Nottingham)
  • Laetitia Dehoul and Béatrice Gonel (Musée Rimbaud, Charleville-Mézières)
  • Graham Henderson, Rimbaud & Verlaine Foundation, London
  • Steve Roberts (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Nottingham)

Workshop summary

Literary culture is not just about books: it is also structured around places and specific moments in time that are linked to texts and authors. We remember authors and their works via the spaces with which they are linked (writers’ houses, graves and monuments, places associated with particular works), and via commemorative events (centenary celebrations, for instance).

Is this for you?

This workshop aims to bring together scholars and representatives of museums and literary heritage organisations, to discuss practices of literary commemoration, both past and present. Through three case-studies, each looking at the ways in which a writer is commemorated in a particular place (DH Lawrence in Nottingham; Rimbaud in Charleville-Mézières and London; Lorca in Granada), the workshop will investigate the following key issues:

  • The politics of literary commemoration
  • The relationship between writers and national memory
  • Participatory cultures of commemoration
  • The cultural value of literary heritage
  • Translating and adapting writers and their work for different audiences, and across different languages and media
  • Exhibiting and displaying literature

Workshop essentials

Contact us

Please direct any queries to the workshop organiser, Katherine Shingler:

This workshop is generously funded by the Languages, Texts and Society RPA, with support from the Museums Network. 




Commemorating literature

The University of Nottingham
University Park

telephone: +44 (0) 951 5559