William Golding.

The William Golding Centenary Conference

16-18 September 2011

University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus

Keynote speakers

John Carey, Judy Carver.


Born in Cornwall, William Golding returned to his native county late in life, finding what he called ‘a little bit of heaven’ at Perranarworthal, a hamlet just a few miles from what is now the University of Exeter’s Cornwall Campus. In September 2011, the campus will mark the centenary of his birth by holding a major conference in his honour. Events will include a tour of his family home, a film screening, and an exhibition of unpublished manuscripts and memorabilia. 

Although he is still best remembered for Lord of the Flies, Golding wrote across a variety of genres. His published works comprise a dozen novels, a play, short stories, essays, poems, and a travel book. Interest in Golding is now undergoing a strong revival, most recently marked by John Carey’s biography.

Papers are invited on any aspect of William Golding’s life and work. Topics which may be covered include, but are not restricted to:

  • Lord of the Flies and its afterlives
  • Golding and women
  • Golding among his contemporaries
  • the rational and the religious
  • Golding and the state of the nation
  • Golding’s non-fictional writings
  • childhood and innocence
  • Golding and war
  • Golding’s narrative techniques
  • Golding and travel
  • Golding’s influence / influences on Golding

Registration Details

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Online Booking

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Further Information

The residential accommodation will be in Glasney Parc, which is located approx. 5 minutes walk from the conference venue. A map of the Cornwall Campus can be found at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/visit/directions/cornwallmap/ .

Registration will commence at 2pm on Friday 16 September, in the Refectory, Daphne du Maurier building. The conference will close at approx. 12.15 on Sunday 18 September, followed by an excursion to Tullimaar (where booked), finishing at 4pm.

Please contact the conference organisers:

Professor Tim Kendall, Department of English, University of Exeter, Queen’s Building, The Queen’s Drive, Exeter EX4 4QH (t.kendall@exeter.ac.uk);

Or Dr. Adeline Johns-Putra, Department of English, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE (a.g.johns-putra@exeter.ac.uk).

More details can be found at the conference blog: http://golding2011.blogspot.com