Company of Wolves was a resounding success and probably the most fun you can have at an academic conference and there are a number of people we need to thank who helped to make it happen:
Firstly, all the delegates for their fantastic papers
Secondly, the plenary speakers: Stacey Abbott, Catherine Spooner and Garry Marvin. Thank you for your wonderful keynotes!
Thirdly, Marcus Sedgwick for his lively and thought provoking ‘in conversation’ and book signing (and for creating Mouse, whom I love)
David Jones for his unique ‘Lycanthropic Lantern of Fear’ show
And of course Sir Christopher Frayling for a dazzlingly brilliant closing plenary
Behind the scenes:
Heather Harper in marketing; Alex Pidduck in Conference Hertfordshire; Louise Aker in the Press Office; Alison Middleton in Finance
Special thanks to catering at Conference Hertfordshire for the fantastic Red Riding Hood biscuits and wolf cup cakes and the tasty conference dinner with a red riding hood theme (loved the red wine glasses and checked cloths)!
Thanks to the literature team, Andrew Maunder and Janice Norwood and especially to Pat Wheeler for tracking down the books for the signings and Rowland Hughes for introducing Garry Marvin and delivering the books on Saturday on his day off. Thanks so much!
Special thanks to Jeremy Ridgman, Dean of Humanities, for supporting the conference and generously paying for numerous staff members to attend plus one undergraduate student!
Thanks to all our student helpers who did brilliantly: Elliott, Daisy, Janette, Rachael, Amelia. Daisy also made our wonderful woolves (yes knitted)!!
Matthew at MUP for the excellent bookstall and chat
To Rev. J. Gordon for being so welcoming and allowing us access to the church and graveyard at St Mary’s, Northchurch
To Florence Stott who made the fantastic werewolf model
To Oberon books for allowing us advanced copies of Inside the Bloody Chamber and for dispatching and collecting the books and assisting with the book signing
Finally a big big thank you to staff at the UK Wolf Trust and to the wolves themselves who were the main stars and were such great company at ‘company of wolves’ .
We want to thank you all; we could not have done this without you!!
Watch out for further bulletins about the C.o.W. book!!
We will be in touch soon.
Sam, Bill and Kaja at OGOM