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Tolkien 2019 guest announcement – Dimitra Fimi

Dr Dimitra Fimi
The Tolkien Society is pleased to announce that the academic and writer Dr Dimita Fimi will be a guest at our Tolkien 2019 event next year.

Tolkien 2019 will take place from Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th August 2019 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham. Directly opposite Birmingham New Street train station, it is easily accessible via public transport, whilst we will have exclusive use of much of the hotel’s facilities. We anticipate over 500 attendees for duration of the event.

Well-known Tolkien academic and fantasy scholar Dimitra Fimi will be joining us for that event. Dimitra is well known to the Society as a former speaker at our AGM, and author of Tolkien, Race and Cultural History and co-author of A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages with Andy Higgins.

Dr Dimitra Fimi is Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature at the University of Glasgow. Her first monograph, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies. She co-edited the first critical “extended” edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s essay “A Secret Vice”, in which Tolkien theorizes his language invention (A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages, HarperCollins, 2016). The book won the Tolkien Society Award for Best Book. Her latest monograph, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), was runner up for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award and shortlisted for the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies.

As with this year’s Oxonmoot, we expect demand for Tolkien 2019 to be high. Visit to book your place.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.