Tele- fan­tasy And So­ci­ety

6 May 2015, Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity

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Steven El­lis looks ahead to an An­der­son aca­demic event

Like your sci- fi events with a lit­tle bit of smarts? Then you’re in luck be­cause Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity is host­ing a one- day sym­po­sium, Tele- fan­tasy And So­ci­ety, on Wed­nes­day 6 May. In the words of or­gan­iser Alex Lewczuk, se­nior lec­turer in English and Jour­nal­ism at the uni­ver­sity, the event is de­signed to “pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to net­work, re­flect and cel­e­brate the va­ri­ety and qual­ity of SF and tele- fan­tasy pro­duced or re­lated to the UK and US. This is the first tele- fan­tasy event we’ve staged, although in part­ner­ship with the Lin­coln In­spired fes­ti­val we have pro­duced events re­lat­ing to Doc­tor Who and the steam­punk genre in pre­vi­ous years.”

One of the day’s main sub­jects will be the late Gerry An­der­son and there’ll be a lec­ture by his son Jamie. Lewczuk said of An­der­son: “He’s syn­ony­mous with Walt Dis­ney and Jim Hen­son in terms of cre­ative out­put, the 50th an­niver­sary of the much- beloved orig­i­nal Thun­der­birds se­ries and new in­car­na­tion pro­vided the per­fect launch for the sym­po­sium.”

The event prom­ises a packed sched­ule fea­tur­ing pan­els by key­note speak­ers Pro­fes­sor Richard J Hand from the Cardiff School of Cre­ative and Cul­tural In­dus­tries, who will present on US hor­ror TV adap­ta­tions; fol­lowed by Dr Fiona Moore, from the Uni­ver­sity of South Wales, along­side Alan Stevens, who will give a lec­ture on their work with Blake’s 7, The

Prisoner and BSG. Other del­e­gates in­clude our very own ed Richard Ed­wards! For more in­for­ma­tion visit http://bit.ly/Lin­col­nSym­po­sium

Be­hold the cre­ator.

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