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Krakow 2019

Katherine Mansfield:  Inspirations and Influences
Jagiellonian University,  Krakow, Poland

5-7 July 2019

An international conference organised by the  Katherine Mansfield Society

Hosted by the Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow

Supported by Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia

Trnava University, Slovakia

 The New Zealand Embassy, Warsaw

and the University of Northampton, UK 



Professor Kirsty Gunn University of Dundee, UK 

Professor Wojciech Bałus  Jagiellonian University, Poland

The conference was opened by Her Excellency Mary Thurston, Ambassador for New Zealand to Poland, together with Prof. Dr. Wojciech Nowak, Rector of the Jagiellonian University 

 Conference organisers:

 Dr Janka Kascakova, Catholic University in Ružomberok, Slovakia

Dr Gerri Kimber, University of Northampton, UK

and Dr Władysław Witalisz, Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Krakow  

The full programme can be downloaded now (PDF)

The newly-appointed patron of the Katherine Mansfield Society, Kirsty Gunn, a New Zealand novelist and Professor of English at the University of Dundee, gave the opening address, and the New Zealand ambassador to Poland, Her Excellency Mary Thurston, travelled from Warsaw for the occasion and extended a warm welcome to delegates.

 Highlights of the conference included a tour of the University Collegium to see exhibits such as the bust of Copernicus,  and a very early wood carving of King Casimir, a guided tour of the city of Krakow, and  a visit to the Franciscan church to see the stained glass windows designed by perhpas Poland’s greatest artist, Stanislaw Wyspianski. On the first evening there was a concert of music for cello and piano, by Martin Griffith and Rachel Hughes Griffith, selected for its special significance for Mansfield (who played both instruments). There was also a screening of an immersive 3D film, ‘Vera’, an adaptation of Mansfield’s story ‘A Dill Pickle’, directed by Professor Krzysztof Pietroszek, American University, Washington, DC, USA. (Janet Wilson)


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