University of York, 20-24 July 2015
Plenary Speakers: James Chandler, Hugh Haughton, Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Eve Patten
Conference organizers: Matthew Campbell (poetry, history); Emilie Morin (theatre, film, theory); Ríona Nic Congáil (Irish language, biography, children’s literature); Bryan Radley (fiction, cultural studies).
Some may have blamed you that you took away
The verses that could move them on the day
When, the ears being deafened, the sight of the eyes blind
With lightning, you went from me, and I could find
Nothing to make a song about but kings,
Helmets, and swords, and half-forgotten things
That were like memories of you–but now
We’ll out, for the world lives as long ago;
And while we’re in our laughing, weeping fit,
Hurl helmets, crowns, and swords into the pit.
But, dear, cling close to me; since you were gone,
My barren thoughts have chilled me to the bone.
(The conference image is from the St William Window, York Minster, c 1414)