The Cottingley Fairies: 100 Years On, University of Bradford, 1 July 2017

Talks on the Cottingley Fairies, the photographs of which in 1917 convinced Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among others of their existence. John Hyatt, musician, artist, and Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of ART LABS at LJMU; children’s author Vivian French; and Dr Merrick Burrow is Head of English at the University of Huddersfield present on this fascinating topic.

Bringing together the British tradition of fairies with fairy-tales from cultures around the world and set against the backdrop of this magical story, academic, Merrick Burrow, photographer, John Hyatt, and author, Vivian French, will examine why it is that children everywhere, no matter how or where they grow up, continue to be fascinated by fairies. They may even try to answer the all-important question: did the Cottingley fairies really exist?

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