The schedule has not yet been finalised, but the following is a draft schedule for the day:

9:00 Registration
9:30 Opening
9:45 Morning keynote
10:30 Morning sessions
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Afternoon keynote
14:15 Afternoon sessions
17:00 Closing keynote
18:00 Close

An optional conference dinner will follow (details tbc).

There are also plans for a pre-conference field trip of London Literary Landmarks on Friday 27th April. You can note your interest for this after registering or by contacting the organisers via the Contact page.

Speaker profiles

Dr Corey Olsen, aka 'The Tolkien Professor', is founder and President of Signum University and the Mythgard Institute. He promotes open courses for literature analysis, and frequently publishes free podcasts and seminars analysing Tolkien and other works. His book Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was published in September 2012. Corey Olsen holds a B.A in English and Astrophysics from Williams College and a Ph.D in medieval literature from Columbia University. He has previously taught at Temple University, Columbia University, Nyack College and Washington College.

Dr Beatrice Groves is Research Fellow and Lecturer in Renaissance English at Trinity College, Oxford. Last year she published Literary Allusion in Harry Potter (Routledge, 2017) and is a regular guest blogger on Mugglenet, Leaky Cauldron and Hogwarts Professor. She has also written widely on Shakespeare, early modern literature and religious culture, including the monographs The Destruction of Jerusalem in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Texts and Traditions: Religion in Shakespeare, 1592-1604 (Oxford University Press, 2007).

John Garth is a freelance writer, editor and consultant. He is author of Tolkien and the Great War, which won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award, and Tolkien at Exeter College. He is currently writing a new book, Tolkien's Mirror. He previously worked for the London Evening Standard and was a Fellow in Humanistic Studies at the Black Mountain Institute, UNLV, Nevada.