On 11th and 12th November, this year’s WIGS conference took place in Leeds. Helen Finch and Ingrid Sharp (pictured with flowers), along with a team of helpers, hosted the event and made it a runaway success. There was a rich array of high quality papers, and turn-out was impressive. This was especially the case with the postgraduate workshop, which took place on the Friday afternoon. Lyn Marven (Liverpool) spoke on teaching translation and Sarah Jones (Birmingham) gave the many postgrads present an insight into academic careers, including an overview of funding opportunities to watch out for.
The Friday evening reading was excellent and provoked lively debate: Sabine Deitmer (author of Bye Bye Bruno and Auch brave Mädchen tun’s) and Gisa Kloenne (author of Der Wald ist Schweigen, Unter dem Eis and Farben der Schuld) both read excerpts from their work and spoke on the subject of feminism and the detective novel.
The planning of next year’s conference, which will take place in Dublin, is already underway. Postgrads can, as usual, expect to receive support with travel costs, but the sum will be capped this year (see WIGS website for more details).
So, a round of applause for this year’s WIGS conference and roll on next year!