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FW: Bill Naughton - A Centenary Conference, 24-25 Nov 2009

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Call for Papers 

Bill Naughton - A Centenary Conference
24th - 25th November 2009

Bill Naughton (1910-1992) made a huge contribution to the cultural scene
in Britain in the latter half of the twentieth century.  Most people
know the films Alfie (either the original or its recent remake), The
Family Way and Spring and Port Wine, but many would be pushed to name
their author.  But aside from these adaptations of his theatre plays
Naughton also contributed substantially to radio and TV drama in the
1950s and 1960s, winning the Prix Italia for his Pinteresque radio play,
The Mystery, in 1974.  He wrote around 200 short stories, too, many of
which still feature in schools today, especially the collections Late
Night on Watling Street and The Goalkeeper's Revenge.  He was also a
novelist of note, with works like One Small Boy deserving a wider
audience - though, once again, it is the novelisation of Alfie that has
obscured the rest.  In his final years, however, it was as an
autobiographer that he once more came into the limelight, where he
reflects on his earliest days in Ireland, his later life in London, his
final years in the Isle of Man - but, most prolifically, on his life in
Bolton, Lancashire, in and around the 1920s.

Perhaps it is because of the range of his work that Naughton has never
received the recognition he deserves.  There is still no monograph
considering his contribution as a whole.  This conference hopes to
change this state of affairs by opening up the various dimensions of his
oeuvre.  In turn, it is hoped that the conference will lead to a
monograph reassessing his work, drawing on the best of the papers given,
to be published in the year of his centenary, 2010. 

The conference will be hosted jointly by the University of Bolton,
Bolton Museum & Archive Service and the Octagon Theatre.  Keynote
speakers are Neil Sinyard (Professor of Film Studies, University of
Hull), Stephen Lacey (Professor of Drama, Film and Television at the
University of Glamorgan) and David Thacker (Artistic Director designate
of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton). Erna Naughton, Bill Naughton's widow,
will also be attending. 

Please submit an abstract (max. 250 words) by April 30th 2009 to: 

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A webpage, including more details, will appear in due course.

Papers are welcomed on any (or a combination) of the following areas:

Theatre Studies
Production histories of the plays 

Adaptations of plays (e.g. most famously, Ayub Khan-Din's recent success
with Rafta Rafta).

Work with Bernard Miles at the Mermaid Theatre

Radio & TV
TV series (Nathaniel Titlark, Starr and Company, Yorky)

The Radio plays

TV plays

Film Studies
Film adaptations 

The Alfie films

Literature Studies
The Children's stories

The Short stories 

The novels

Autobiographical studies

Social and Cultural History 
Constructions of Northernness, or "Northern Studies"

The swinging sixties

Mass-Observation work

Bolton, 1910-1940

The Irish connection/ the emigrant experience

Other Contexts
Spiritual and religious dimensions

Gender issues

Patriarchy and the maternal 

Place and landscape

Other suggestions welcome, as are suggestions for panels


Any queries, please contact: Prof. David Rudd, School of Arts Media and
Education, University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB  
Phone: 01204 903261
Email: [log in to unmask]

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