State of the Conference: News, Update & Tolkien Weekend 2019

Hail Fellowship!

News and Update:
It has been a long journey for Jessica and I, from our March 2018 event where Professor Nicholas Birns presented “A Great Burden Without Guidance: The Six Mortal Ringbearers” until now.  We spent  May through July packing and moving our home and now reside in southern New Jersey.  While this was occurring our plans for the event this Fall we were planning, and spoke of in March, fell through.

Since we are still settling in, slowly, and busy with fiction and non-fiction projects there will be no NY Tolkien Conference events this Fall.  In 5 days time the Tolkien Community will be celebrating the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo and we encourage you all to celebrate in any manner you see fit.

The Morgan Library Tolkien Exhibition, Symposium and Tolkien Weekend 2019.

As you may already know The Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth Exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford opened June 1st and runs til October 28th.  On January 25th 2019 this exhibition opens at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City through May 12, 2019

In connection with the Morgan Library and Museum Tolkien Exhibition Wayne Hammond and Christina Scull were invited to give an illustrated public lecture on ‘Tolkien and the Visual Image’ This lecture will take take place January 31st 2019 Read more on their blog here

With regard to the NY Tolkien Conference; since there have been a post or two on social media about events in March 2019 I shall offer a few “teaser” details.

We have been coordinating with The Morgan Library and Museum for a full weekend of Tolkien programming.  This will take place on the weekend of March 16th/17th 2019.  The Morgan will be hosting a Tolkien Symposium with 5 speakers all of whom are confirmed. On Sunday 3/17 the New York Tolkien Conference will take place at Baruch College, which is co-sponsored by The Morgan Library and Museum.  Unfortunately we cannot offer any more details than this, and hope to be able to offer more as soon as we are able.

Plan now, keep March 16/17 2019 open on your calendar. There will be a full weekend of the Tolkien Exhibition, lectures, panels, readings and other programs between the Morgan, and NY Tolkien Conference to keep you fully engaged in Middle-earth for two days!

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2 thoughts on “State of the Conference: News, Update & Tolkien Weekend 2019

  1. Dear Jessica and Anthony,

    It is interesting to read your update. This year has been a most difficult year and ripe with unexpected changes. I sm sure you will adapt and thrive in southern NJ. But moving is one of the three biggest life stressors, after (1) war and (2) divorce.

    Sadly also this year, the Lord of the Rings Plaza website went down in a technical crash and might never resurrect.

    For myself, I was shocked with a breakup after 23 years with my now ex-life partner (who wants to remain roommates and friends).

    On the other hand, I just wrapped up a Certificate in Copyediting program through UCSD Extension. After 25 years in financial printing (typesetting, proofreading), I look forward to breaking into copyediting fiction—fantasy, scifi, mystery—and to transitioning my worklife.

    I very much look forward to your next events. If you need any volunteer copyediting done, please feel free to reach out. I would be thrilled to help in any way with your events.

    Best always, and
    Happy Bagginses Birthdays!

    Stephanie Hedgecoke

    Sent from my iPhone

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