All of our events (excluding the film screening) will take place in Lecture Room 4 on the first floor of the Arts Building. On Friday we also have Room 237 on the second floor booked as a quiet space for those who need it. You can find information about directions here. All rooms will be clearly sign posted.

Thursday 12 September 2019

11am-1pm – Masterclass on Working with Popular Genres (open to all, especially current students and postdocs). Full details here.

3pm – Screening of The Sheik (1921) and panel discussion at MAC, Birmingham (more information and tickets at

  • Panel discussion featuring Ali Williams, Claire Jesson and Pauline Suwanban

Friday 13 September 2019

10-11:15 – Academic panel on The Sheik

  • Pauline Suwanban, Beastly Figures: The Sheik and Fairy Tales
  • Francesca Pierini, The Legacy of E.M. Hull’s The Sheik on the Depiction of the Italian Romantic Hero in Harlequin Short Contemporaries
  • Respondent: Amy Burge
  • Chair: Melissa Dickson

12:00-1.15pm – Author and editor panel on diversity in popular romance publishing

  • Featuring Ali Williams, Ria Cheyne, Eleanor Harkstead and Jeevani Charika/Rhoda Baxter

1.15pm-2pm – Lunch (vegetarian; optional; £5 per person)

2pm-3pm – Learning and Teaching The Sheik

  • A conversation with Professor Deborah Longworth and Professor Eric Selinger

3:30-4:30pm – Final roundtable and discussion – where now for The Sheik?

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