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Cather Symposium in Limavady, Northern Ireland

Cather Symposium in Limavady, Northern Ireland

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 3:00pm
Registration: 
$150.00
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre
24 Main St
Limavady, Ireland BT49 0FJ

Willa Cather’s Irish Connections

Cather Symposium

June 28–July 1, 2018
Limavady and Derry, Northern Ireland

Directors: Willa Murphy, Ulster University, and Aaron Callan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Hosted by Ulster University and the Limavady Arts and Cultural Centre, and sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Set in the ancestral home of the Cather family, and taking place during the centennial of My Ántonia, the seminar will explore themes deeply resonant in Willa Cather’s life and work: migration and immigration; family legacy and inheritance; and religious identity. Visits to Cather family sites, along with social events involving local music and storytelling, will be part of the program. The Roe Valley area offers sublime coastal cliffs, mountains and ancient forests, historic churches, museums, and much more.

A full schedule of events will be released in spring 2018; however, plans include an opening reception to be held on the evening of June 27; papers and presentations will occur June 28-June 30. We will have an evening out for some local music, and conference organizers have arranged for a banquet at historic Drenagh House, an 1837 Georgian mansion on the gorgeous Antrim coastline. We'll complete the weekend with a bus tour of local sites on July 1, to include Giants Causeway and the Walled City of Derry.

Your registration includes:

  • Symposium attendance and refreshments
  • Tour transportation, boxed lunch, and admittance to select Derry and Limavady sites
  • Drenagh House banquet

Register soon, space is limited to 100 conference-goers! 

please see the tab below for lodging options.

Limavady Accommodations

Limavady Accommodations
Limavady Accommodations

Roe Park Resort

A block of rooms has been reserved at Roe Park Resort in Limavady. Located 1.3 miles from the Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, this riverside resort also offers several restaurants, a spa, and golf. Both single and double rooms have been blocked, at an average $160/night (taxes and fees may apply). Please book with Roe Park Resort directly and mention the Willa Cather Symposium.

Northern Ireland Tel: +44 (0)­ 28 777 22222
Email: Reservations@RoeParkResort.com

Downhill Beach House

Downhill Beach House is located on Northern Ireland's coast, about 11 miles from the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre. Featuring nine bedrooms, five bathrooms, and stunning views of the sea and Downhill Beach, this historic house is blocked for our conference-goers and can accommodate as many as 30. Rates vary by room; only a few rooms feature en suite baths. The Downhill Beach House accommodates around 22 people, depending on sleeping arrangements. Breakfast can be arranged for an additional fee. 

Booking at Downhill Beach house is available as a group only prior to May 10! 

A group booking for 22-32 people is available for £2200 for five nights, beginning Wednesday, June 27 and checking out on July 2. After May 10, rooms may be released for individual bookings. 

To book, please email the innkeepers at:
info@downhillbeachhouse.com

Alexander Arms

Alexander Arms is located nearer to the centre of Limavady and the location of our conference. It has a restaurant and live entertainment, modest rooms at a very reasonable price. Rooms do not have en suite bath. TripAdvisor gives more information. Rooms have been blocked for our conference-goers.

FOR BOOKING AT Alexander Arms, PLEASE CONTACT TRACY TUCKER VIA EMAIL (TTUCKER@WILLACATHER.ORG) TO RESERVE A ROOM! ROOMS WILL BE HELD ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS, AND FEES WILL BE PAID DIRECTLY TO Alexander Arms. 

Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Call for Papers

Cather Symposium: Ireland

June 28–July 1, 2018

Limavady and Derry, Northern Ireland

HOSTED BY ULSTER UNIVERSITY AND THE ROE VALLEY ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTRE, AND SPONSORED BY THE WILLA CATHER FOUNDATION AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA - LINCOLN

Set in the ancestral home of the Cather family, and taking place during the centennial of My Ántonia, the symposium will explore themes deeply resonant in Willa Cather’s life and work (including but not restricted to):

  • migration and immigration;
  • family legacy and inheritance;
  • gender and language;
  • and religious identity.

The symposium brings together established and new Cather scholars with Irish scholars and the local community. Visits to Cather family sites, along with social events involving Irish music and storytelling, will be part of the program. The Roe Valley area offers sublime coastal cliffs, mountains and ancient forests, historic ruins and landed estates.

Directors: Willa Murphy, Ulster University, and Aaron Callan, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to the Willa Cather Foundation’s education director, Tracy Tucker, at ttucker@willacather.org by 15 February 2018.