The third International Conference on Dialect and Literature, which took place at the University of Sheffield in July, proved to be a collegial and intellectually stimulating event. Delegates joined us from Hong Kong, Egypt, Europe and the US to hear papers on topics including Nineteenth Century Tyneside Dialect Song, Creole in French Caribbean Literature, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and William Barnes. The plenary lecture was given by Professor Urszula Clark from the University as Aston who spoke on ‘Enregistering Dialect Representation in Popular Literature’, illustrated with some completely baffling dialect cartoons from the Black Country. There were two special subject panels: one on the teaching of dialect and literature and one on the performance of dialect on stage and screen. The conference dinner took place at the Blue Moon Cafe. The conference closed with a lively roundtable discussion about the state of the field of literary dialect studies. Thanks to everyone who attended for making it such a warm and enjoyable event!
Some pictures from the conference can be seen below. A storify based on the twitter feed from the conference can be found here.