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Tolkien 2019 guest announcement: Catherine McIlwaine

Catherine McIlwaine
The Tolkien Society is pleased to announce that the Tolkien archivist, and curator of the Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth exhibition, Catherine McIlwaine will be a guest at our Tolkien 2019 event this summer.

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 have a full programme of talks, papers, workshops, and an art exhibition during the daytime, and our evening events include an orchestra and a production of Leaf by Niggle.

About Catherine

Catherine McIlwaine is the Tolkien Archivist at the Bodleian Libraries, where she has worked on the Tolkien archive since 2003. She curated the Bodleian’s summer exhibition 2018, ‘Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth’, and wrote the accompanying catalogue Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth, and the associated publication, Tolkien: Treasures.

We are approaching 500 bookings and space at the evening is limited, so 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 2,500 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.