BSLS 2011 Conference

Because of unforeseen circumstances, the Society's conference will take place on Saturday 9 April at the Pitt Building in central Cambridge, instead of at Homerton College. Please direct all queries about the conference directly to Michael Whitworth ( and Daniel Cordle ( All speakers originally due to speak at the conference have been emailed - please contact Michael and Daniel if you were on the original conference programme (or are otherwise interested in attending the conference) and haven't yet been contacted.

The programme will be confirmed as soon as possible, but it's shaping up to be a stimulating day of discussion about literature and science. The welcome will be at 9am (the registration desk will be available from 8:30), and there will be a full programme of parallel panels (and one plenary session), with speakers from around the world, throughout the day. We aim to finish no later than 7:30pm.

Conference booking can be made online now at

The full fee is £75, the reduced rate (for postgraduate students) is £55. Please remember that to attend you need to have paid your BSLS membership fee (£10/year); if you've not yet done so, you can add membership to your virtual basket.

Because we will need to confirm numbers for catering on Monday 4 April, it is planned that the shop will close at midnight local time on Sunday 3 April. For administrative simplicity we would prefer all those planning to attend to book through the online shop, but if this presents difficulties for you, please contact Dan and Michael ( and

In using the shop, please note the following:

(1) You first need to register. This is relatively quick.
(2) The shop will ask for your "delivery address", but in this case you will not receive anything through the post.
(3) We'd like to know your institutional affiliation for the sake of the name badge.
(4) At present the shop does not automatically email you a receipt, so if you need one, please print out the appropriate screen. When you book, the Faculty Office receive a "Sale Notification Email", and they will forward this in due course.
(5) If you want confirmation that the transaction went through, you can log back in again and look at your "Order History" at the bottom

The online shop is hosted by Oxford University, and we're grateful to the English Faculty for setting it up. The Faculty and the University are not involved in the conference in any other way, so please don't address queries to them.

A good starting place to look for accommodation, for those wishing to stay over in Cambridge, before or after the conference, is the Where to Stay section of the Visit Cambridge website. For those wishing to stay over in London, there are frequent trains from London King's Cross station.

Thank you for bearing with us while we've rearranged the conference. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Cambridge on Saturday 9 April when we'll be able to hear, and debate, the latest work in the field of literature and science.