Harvesting stories
Fantasy in Times of Crisis



Today I am taking part in the Symposium on Fantasy Literature sponsored by the good folks who run the annual "Tolkien Lectures" at Pembroke College -- which is Tolkien's old college at Oxford University. The symposium is online, it's free, and all are welcome. More information can be found here.

The Symposium takes place on Zoom (register here) from 4:00 to  5:30 pm British time (11 am – 12:30 U.S. Eastern time). It will also be broadcast live on YouTube -- so if Zoom reaches its limit of attendees, you can head over there.

The other speakers are Kij Johnson, Adam Roberts, Lev Grossman,  V.E. Schwab, and Rebecca F. Kuang, and I'm honored to be among them. Our topic for discussion is a timely one: the importance of fantasy literature in times of crisis.

I hope you can join us.

Tolkien's old college at Oxford

The sponsors are inviting donations for The Society of Author’s COVID-19 Crisis Fund, which responds to the loss of income many writers have faced as a result of the coronavirus. (Please don't worry if you've lost income yourself and can't.)  My apologies if this is the first you've heard about this event. I've been passing the word on Facebook and Twitter, and didn't even realize I'd failed to mention here. Mea culpa!


I'll be there! =)

This was a fantastic example of FANTASY in the creation. Thank you for posting this and making our Saturday a communal feast (with oatmeal!) WOW

It was wonderful, Terri. Thank you for your wisdom, encouragement, and faith in the power of language and fantasy. We are so lucky to have you with us in these troubling times. Sending love and fellowship from Seattle.

Yep, what they said - it was fascinating. Took me two days to watch it (very much empathising with Lev Grossman's experiences of being in lockdown with children), but I feel I've found new avenues of thought and also had a little story idea, so time well spent :).

Oh, and you're right Terri - it is still available to watch on YouTube.

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