Live updates from the Tales Beyond Borders Conference!

1. Sadly, panel speaker Rebecca Long was unable to make it to the conference due to a family emergency. However, you can get a sense of her paper (on ‘”The Best of All Worlds”: Border Crossings in Irish Children’s Literature’) through this guest blog post she’s kindly written for us using an excerpt from her paper. You can also email her for more information at
2. Conference participants Anna Madill (@UKFujoshi), Megen de Bruin-Molé (@MegenJM), Chuckie Patel (@PhDfantasy), Anaïs Pedica (@anaisdpedica), Bill Hughes (@BillBloodyHughe), Yuri van Hoef (@vanhoef), AdiFitri Ahmad (@adifitri33), and Nik Taylor (@nikmagick) for some great tweeting work! Investigate further at conference hashtag #TBB or by following them on Twitter.

3. Finally, the first Tales Beyond Borders day started with a bang at our PGR/ECR workshop! Thanks to both guest speakers and workshop participants for their wonderful discussions and insights. (You can find more info on our speakers here.)


Almost there!

It’s now less than two days before the first Tales Beyond Borders event, and we’re excited! (We’re also stuffing conference folders.) Here’s some information that might be helpful:

We’ve updated the conference site with advice about dining and local attractions.

You can investigate some of the fantasy-related initiatives in which our guest speakers are involved on our resources/links page.

Moving Worlds, a Leeds-based journal of transcultural writings, will have a stall at Tales Beyond Borders. They are doing a special sale and subscription rate for the conference:

  • The current issue, ‘Catastrophe and Environment‘, is £10 for students/non-waged and £15 for all others.
  • All other issues are £5 for students/non-waged and £10 for all others.
  • Annual subscriptions are £14 for students/non-waged and £32 for all others.

You can find links to other initiatives that our panel speakers are involved in here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes from Christine, Ikhlas and Sarah