I haven’t being paying as much attention to the blog lately as I probably should be, casting it aside like “yesterday’s jam” when another task arose. That task was writing my very first abstract for my very first paper for (yes, you’ve guessed it) my very first conference. UCC’s School of English host the Bookends conference every year and I just could not pass up on their choice of theme – Deviance. Over the last few months I have been working on distorted images of the family (mostly on the depiction of medieval incest) in Middle English literature and how this relates to pilgrimage and travel so I thought this might fit in very nicely in a conference on deviance! It  isn’t the easiest of topics to talk about but once you get through the initial wariness it really is an interesting subject.

Writing this abstract and paper has been a fantastic learning experience and even though the nerves and worries have kicked in I’m looking forward to presenting. Even as I look at my abstract now, I know myself that I have made a few mistake (the excessive use of “I will’s” being one) but it is all part of experience I hope to learn from!

Head on over to the deviant (if you dare)  to see some other (much better) abstracts along with my travesty. If my paper goes well I’ll post it on the blog and if not, well let’s just say I’ll be powering up the shredder!

And if you remember, spare a thought for a very nervous student next Wednesday at 2!



Filed under Call for papers, Conference, Pilgrimage

2 responses to “Courage?

  1. Hello there; delighted you are giving a paper. Going by your wonderful presentation at the Digital Editing class, then you will be great. Are you doing a powerpoint? All those wonderful images … I won’t be able to go to the conference because I am in London next week: back to the archives, even at this late stage. See you when I return.

    • Thanks Ann! It’ll be great experience but I wish the nerves would settle down a little bit. I do indeed have a short powerpoint ready to go but unfortunately no Father Ted references. That’s a shame you won’t be around. I’m so jealous of you heading off to London! Are you going to the British Library or other archives? All is quiet at the office so you haven’t missed much excitement. Have a fantastic trip over to London! Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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