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14th International Robert Graves Conference, Mallorca, 10-14 July 2018: Final Programme

The 14th International Robert Graves Conference is being held at CaixaForum from the 10th to the 14th of July. This year the conference is also open to local residents of the Balearics and visitors.Tickets in euros for each HALF day of the conference or a single event can be bought at (adults) (students, retired, other concessions).

If you do not have a Paypal account you will have to register; check you are charged in Euros. Multiply these prices for longer attendance. Not included are meals, refreshments or transport provided for registered international participants and guests. There are no physical tickets, just pay online and then turn up. Tickets or admission cannot be purchased at the venue under any circumstances. The link to the conference programme is at and there's a shortened one: .

El 14º Congreso International Robert Graves se celebra en CaixaForum del 10 al 14 de julio. Este año el congreso está abierto a residentes y visitantes a las Baleares. Tickets en euros por cada MEDIO día o evento se pueden adquirir en (€10 para adultos) (€5 para estudiantes, profesores, jubilados,).

Multiplique el precio por los medio-días que quieren estar. Si no tiene cuenta Paypal, tendrán que registrar; vigile que la divisa sea euros. No se incluye las comidas, refrescos, o transporte. Solo tienen acceso a ello los participantes internacionales. No hay tickets físicos. Simplemente pague on-line y preséntense a las azafatas del congreso. En ninguna circunstancia se pueden adquirir ni tickets ni entradas para el congreso en el recinto de CaixaForum.

El link al programa de la conferencia se encuentra en y hay uno cortito en : .

See English translation above or click here or go to the La Casa de Robert Graves (The House of Robert Graves) Facebook page.
The main 2018 Mallorca Robert Graves conference registration page for international participants is here.

The conference is in English.

The Robert Graves Society is pleased to publish this final programme for the Fourteenth International Robert Graves Conference to be held at CaixaForum, Palma, Mallorca, from 10 July to 14 July 2018. The theme of the conference will be ‘Robert Graves and Europe: Good-bye to All That / But It Still Goes On’.

‘If Europe ever became sufficiently civilized to dispense with customs officers and police, which are the external manifestations of international mistrust and dislike...’ This brief aside on what a civilized Europe might look like in future is from a translation by Robert Graves published in 1956. The text Graves translates – George Sand’s Un Hiver à Majorque (Winter in Majorca) – is itself a complex demonstration of cultural misunderstanding across borders, cultures and languages through which Graves as translator proves an entertainingly mischievous travel guide. The conference will explore any aspect of Graves and Europe, from his own life and work in Mallorca, to the relevance of his writing for our European present and future.


Tuesday, 10th July 2018 -– Saturday, 14th July 2018

Palma de Mallorca and Deià, Mallorca, Spain 

Fourteenth International Robert Graves Society Conference

Robert Graves and Europe: Good-bye to All That / But It Still Goes On

La Caixa, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Organised by the Robert Graves Society with the Fundació Robert Graves 

and the University of the Balearic Islands


Conference Programme

Tuesday 10 July


5.00 - 5.45 pm: Registration (CaixaForum, Palma), checking into hotels, etc.


5.45 pm: Welcome to Participants and announcements (Lecture Theatre)

Charles Mundye (President, Robert Graves Society)

William Graves (Robert Graves"s literary executor; Director, Fundació Robert Graves)


6.00 pm: Concert Recital: April Fredrick (soprano) and Eric McElroy (piano)


7.30 pm: Coaches to Castillo de Bellver (Bellver Castle), Palma


8.00 pm Welcoming Reception at Bellver Castle (light buffet) offered by the Ajuntament de Palma (Palma Town Hall)




9.30 pm Coaches return to CaixaForum, Palma



Wednesday 11 July


9.15 - 10.15 am: Plenary Lecture

Michael Schmidt: "Graves Aloud"


10.15 - 10.45 am: Refreshments


10.45 - 11.45 am: Music Matters (1)

April Fredrick and Eric McElroy in conversation


11.45 am - 12.15 pm: Exhibition: Jenny Nicholson


12.15 - 1.00 pm: Round Table on Jenny Nicholson (Pedro de Montaner, Juana Maria Seguí, William Graves)


1.00 - 2.00 pm: Lunch (own arrangements)


2.00 - 3.00 pm: Editorial Matters (1): Robert Graves Society Talk

Dunstan Ward: "Versions of Robert Graves"


3.00 - 4.00 pm: Editorial Matters (2): Off the Shelf Talk

Natalia Farrán Graves and Charles Mundye: "Robert Graves and the Road to War"


4.00 - 4.30 pm: Break


4.30 - 5.15 pm: Translation Matters

Lucia Graves in conversation with Patrick McGuinness: "On Translation"


5.15 - 6.15 pm: Book Launch and Refreshments

Paul O"Prey: "An Introduction to Counter-Wave: Poetry of Rescue in the First World War"


6.15 - 7.30 pm: Films


Robert Graves: My Own Work Granada Production 10 May 1957 (13" 19"")


Serra de Tramuntana - Consell Insular de Mallorca

Presented and narrated by William Graves (Robert Graves"s Literary Executor; Director, Fundació Robert Graves) (50")


8.30 pm: Dinner (own arrangements; a booking will be made for a pay-for-oneself group to dine at a nearby restaurant)



Thursday 12 July


9.15 - 10.15 am: Plenary Lecture

Patrick McGuinness: "Graves and Sensuous Thought"


10.15 - 10.45 am: Refreshments


10.45 am - 12.15 pm: Panel Session 1

Nancy Rosenfeld: "If "Princess Europa" returned to her namesake today"


Tanja Cvetković: "The White Goddess and the Quest for Wholeness"


Andrew Kalaidjian: "Europe"s Witchy Future"


12.15 - 1.15 pm: Music Matters (2)

Sue Curtis and Jools Scott: "Fire, Blood and Wine: the making of The Cool Web" 


1.15 - 2.15 pm: Lunch (own arrangements)


2.15 - 3.45 pm: Panel Session 2

Anett Jessop: "Modernists in Mallorca"


Juana Maria Seguí Aznar: "Hillgarth, Churchill and Graves: Mallorca - a crossroads in wartime"


Richard Gwyn: "Borders and Crossings: varieties of exile"


3.45 - 4.15 pm: Break


4.15 - 5.15 pm: Panel Session 3

Nicholas Carter: "Visioning the Impossible"


Laura McKenzie: ""If Only [...] You and I Could Emerge from the Slaughter": The Ghost from Arakan in The Anger of Achilles"


5.15 - 6.15 pm: Plenary Lecture

Fran Brearton: "Graves and Clocks"



6.15 - 7.30 pm: Readings (Lecture Theatre)

Richard Gwyn, Gregory Leadbetter, Patrick McGuinness, Michael Schmidt


7.30 pm: Dinner (own arrangements)



Friday 13 July


9.15 - 10.15 am: Plenary Lecture

Jean Moorcroft Wilson: "Robert Graves: from Great War Poet to Good-Bye to All That"


10.15 - 10.30 am: Refreshments


10.30 am - 12.00 pm: Panel Session 4


Stephen Regan: "Winter in Majorca: Graves, Sand and Chopin"


Michael Joseph: "Who Did That? Robert Graves?"


Gregory Leadbetter: "Graves and the Supranational Poet"


12.00 - 12.30 pm Jim Dicke II remembers Mallorca (film)


1:15 pm [Prompt] Coach departs from CaixaForum for Deià                               

NB: Best to have lunch or sandwich before departure if you don"t want to eat lunch in Deià (expensive). The coach will not wait for latecomers, due to parking restrictions outside CaixaForum, the conference venue. 


2:00 pm Coach arrives in Deià. Participants walk (5-10 mins) up to the church square/tomb for a short poetry reading


2.30 - 4.30 pm: Visit: Deià. Free to walk down to the Cala (20-25 mins.) for a swim, have a coffee or refreshments in the village, or visit Ca n"Alluny early as a paying guest (reduced rates for conference attenders).


4.30 pm Re-assemble at Ca n"Alluny for:

La Casa de Robert Graves ("The House of Robert Graves"

Introductory film (15 mins) (Auditorium).

A private visit to Ca n"Alluny, Robert Graves"s home, and its 1930s garden, hosted by William Graves and other members of the Graves family.


5.15 - 6.15 pm Reading at Ca n"Alluny:

To include Ruth Fainlight, Sean O"Brien, Dunstan Ward


6.15 - 6.45 pm     Refreshments and early launch of Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-bye to All That (1895-1929) by Jean Moorcroft Wilson. Readings from Jean Moorcroft Wilson"s forthcoming biography


6.45 - 7.30 pm    A Concert of Graves"s Favourite Folksongs and Ballads Performed by Anne Hills and Jay Ansill with special guests including Natalia Farrán Graves, Tomás Graves and more.

7.30 pm &                   Walk or take minibus to Cala de Deià. 

       7.45 pm                      Minibus makes second trip to Cala de Deià.


8.00 pm           Conference Dinner (fish supper) at Restaurant Ca"s Patro March, filmed in the BBC series The Night Manager, based on the novel by John le Carré.

10:00 pm &                Minibus to coach at top of Cala road 

                  10:15 pm                   Minibus to coach at top of Cala road                    


            10:30 pm                   Coach leaves from top of Cala road for Palma


11:30 pm                     Coach arrives at Palma (CaixaForum and main conference hotels)



Saturday 14 July


9.30 - 10.30 am: Panel Session 5

Joseph Bailey: "Further into the Labyrinth:  More Letters between Robert Graves and Basil Liddell Hart"


Julia Simonne: ""Through a glass brightly": Re-adjustments of "good-bye" identifiable in Graves"s late life and poetry"


10.30 - 11 am: Refreshments


11 - 12 pm: Plenary Lecture

Sean O"Brien: "Unclean and Untidy: Notes on Graves, Myth and European War"


12.15 - 1 pm: Meeting of the Robert Graves Society

End of conference














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