I’m currently getting material together for two conference papers in April. The first is for “Poetry and Happenstance” at Cambridge on April 4, which is a theme that fits nicely with the topics I’ve been pursuing over the last few years. The title I’ve given the organizers is “The way it is: authority, arbitrariness, and contingency.”
The second is a three-day Seamus Heaney Conference and Commemoration at Queen’s Belfast the following weekend. The title I’m working with right now is “Aura and Authority: Words and Dictionaries in Seamus Heaney’s Poems and Prose.”
I’m looking forward to hearing great talks at both events. The Heaney conference also comes with three poetry readings, and music. And of course it will be nice to catch up with friends and colleagues in the UK.