The Tolkien Society's 2011 Seminar will take place at York’s historic Bar Convent on 30th July 2011, on the theme of “Tolkien’s Trees”. This gives scope for interdisciplinary papers on the trees, gardens, woods, forests, and forest dwellers of Middle-earth and elsewhere in Tolkien’s works, and our understandings of them or what they may signify. Papers are invited from academics, students and independent scholars (see Call for Papers elsewhere on this community).
The Bar Convent is a working convent just 15 minutes walk from York railway station. Lake Evendim Smial will organise Innmoots on the Friday and Saturday evenings and depending on interest we may arrange a tour of York Brewery at 5pm on Friday (GBP 6 for adults); a group meal on Friday evening; a group walk around York on Sunday morning; and/or a group visit to Duncombe Park near Helmsley to see the trees (c. GBP 10). More details will be sent to those who register and any charges for these will be payable on the day.
The cost of places at the seminar includes refreshments on arrival, mid morning and mid afternoon. Lunch is not provided, however the licensed café at the convent will be open and there are many other places where you can eat lunch within a short walk. The seminar itself will start at 10:00 and finish by 17:00.
If you need to stay overnight in York the Bar Convent has some bed and breakfast accommodation from GBP 33 per person, per night which you can book direct with them (01904 643 238 or on-line). Across the street are two Premier Inns (York City, Blossom Street South and York City, Blossom Street North, 0871 527 9194 or on-line) and a little further away there is a Hotel du Vin (0845 365 4438 or online). Ace York, a “boutique” hostel is only five minutes walk (01904 627720 or online) There are, of course, many other hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts in and around York contact Visit York for details (01904 550099 or online).
York is only two hours from London by train and it would be possible to travel up for the day. Leeds-Bradford airport is about an hour and a half away by bus and train (via Leeds station). Robin Hood airport is a similar distance by bus and train (via Doncaster station). If travelling by car the Nunnery Lane car park (GBP 10 for the day) is just around the corner or you may prefer to use the Park & Ride (GBP 2.30 return). Bus 3 from Askham Bar Park & Ride stops opposite Bar Convent, buses from Monks Cross, Rawcliffe Bar and the Designer Outlet Park & Rides stop 10-15 minutes walk from the Bar Convent.
A booking form will be circulated with the next issue of Amon Hen or can be downloaded from the Society’s web site www.tolkiensociety.org/seminar/seminar-2011.php
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