This September I lost Mum. Although she had been very ill in the past, and I had rehearsed for the worst many times, her death was completely unexpected. Numbly, I set about arranging a non-funeral ceremony, and also found myself writing the article below. It started out as a eulogy, but after I’d posted it […]

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MEMORIES OF A BOWIE CONFERENCE: 21. You’re exactly who I want to be with

Sam Coley “Bowie’s Waiata” Radio documentary, memory and fandom SPEAKER Coley teaches at Birmingham City University and is a radio documentary producer for BBC, Xfm, and Radio New Zealand among others SYNOPSIS Explores the meanings behind the fan-sharing of “Waiata”, as well as the radio documentary from which it is taken, which looks back 25 […]

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MEMORIES OF A BOWIE CONFERENCE: 20. You’ve got what you wanted but you’re on your own

William Garvin David Bowie & T S Eliot: unreal cities, aliens, androgyny & “them cawkney voices” SPEAKER William Garvin’s first poetry collection, No Exit, was published by Arthur Shilling Press(2010) SYNOPSIS Attempts to place David Bowie’s work within a literary context have invoked the iconic figure of William Burroughs, whose cut-up techniques, inspired by Dada […]

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MEMORIES OF A BOWIE CONFERENCE: 19. I’d rather stay here with all the madmen

Richard Mills Anti-Heroes: The Influence of Vince Taylor and Syd Barrett on David Bowie’s Music and Lyrics SPEAKER Richard Mills is Programme Director in Cultural Studies at St Mary’s University College, London and writes on Irish themes SYNOPSIS Taylor and Barrett’s rise to stardom and their decline into physical and mental collapse was the basis […]

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MEMORIES OF A BOWIE CONFERENCE: 18. MY SET IS AMAZING, IT EVEN SMELLS LIKE A STREET

Vanessa Garcia How Superficial! : David Bowie in 21st Century Literature and the Art of Surfacing SPEAKER Garcia is an artist and journalist. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Krane theatre/arts company SYNOPSIS Writers such as Dana Spiotta, Hanif Kureshi, Steve Erickson, and Irvine Welsh, reference Bowie, creating characters connected with Bowie ‘s personas. […]

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Memories of a Bowie Conference: 17. Let’s face the music and dance

Richard Fitch. Caricature as Apolitical Style: Bowie and the manipulation of social norms SPEAKER Richard Fitch is an independent legal and political philosopher SYNOPSIS Theoretical reflection on Bowie is dominated by the questioning, in a post-modern style, of identity, with the character of Ziggy as the focus of attention. This paper attempts to open up […]

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Memories of a Bowie Conference: 16. JUST THE RING OF THE BELL IN THE PURE CLEAN AIR

Paul McCullagh Time May Change Me: Alone in Berlin 2011 – Never Get Old SPEAKER McCullagh is a Reader in Computing & Mathematics at University of Ulster SYNOPSIS McCullagh sets his personal experience of running in the Berlin Marathon against a backdrop of sensor technology, personal area network communications, and debates in future assisted health […]

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Memories of a Bowie Conference: 14. Something Happened on the Day he Died

  Dene October The (becoming-wo)Man Who Fell to Earth SPEAKER Dene October is a senior lecturer at University of Arts London and former style journalist and London Fashion Week journalism award winner, editor of Doctor Who and History and fbi-spy.com SYNOPSIS The paper speculates on ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ character Thomas Jerome Newton […]

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