keynote speakers

Professor Graham Huggan
Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at the University of Leeds


Professor Huggan specialises in comparative postcolonial/cultural studies, tourism studies and travel writing, ecocriticism, short fiction, and film. He directs the Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Leeds, and recently led two EU-funded projects; an Innovative Training Network in environmental humanities together with the University of Munich, the Deutsches Museum, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm; and the research project, ‘Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North’ in collaboration with contributors from Denmark, Iceland, Norway and the UK. He is also the co-founding editor for the series ‘Postcolonialism Across the Disciplines’ (Liverpool University Press).

Currently Professor Huggan is working on The Cetacean Quartet, a monograph on whales to be published by Bloomsbury Press and Land Lines, ‘a co-authored study of modern British nature writing’, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr Honor Gavin
Novelist and Lecturer in Fiction and Writing at the University of Sheffield


Dr Gavin’s work spans the categories of fiction, critical theory, film, and modern literature, and is influenced by her interests in linguistics, architecture, and queer theory. She frequently writes on forms of obliqe expression. Her first novel, Midland: A Novel Out of Time (published by Penned in the Margins, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Gordon Burn Prize, which rewards writing that demonstrates ‘innovative literary methods’ and ‘challenges perceived notions of genre’.

Presently, Dr Gavin is working on ‘a parafictional account of the comeback of a boyband that never existed – an exploration of fate, narrative, and gender that also incorporates performance.’ Her website can be found here.