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A two day conference devoted to the outputs and achievements of Kate Bush, featuring talks, screenings and performances at the University of Edinburgh, held on 12 and 13 December 2019.

The programme of the two days was as follows:

Thursday 12 December

9.00 – 9.40: Delegate arrival and registration
9.45 – 10.45: Keynote 1: D-M Withers (University of Sussex): Figures, Communities and Concepts: Kate Bush as a Multi-Faceted Pop-Cultural Phenomena
11.00 – 12.00: Panel 1 – National identities

  • Samuel Love (University of Edinburgh): ‘How Beautiful it is, Amongst all the Rubbish’: Kate Bush’s Oh England My Lionheart and the Iconography of Englishness
  • Daniel Pietersen (Independent scholar): Two Steps on the Water: Folk Horror in the work of Kate Bush

12.15 – 1.15: Panel 2 – Gender (I)

  • Kirsty Fairclough (University of Salford): The Fine Purple, The Purest Gold: Authorial Connection in the Collaborations between Kate Bush and Prince
  • Alison Mayne (University of Edinburgh): Plucked from Mrs. Bartolozzi’s Washing Line: Kate Bush, clothing and exchanging experiences

2.00 – 3.30: Panel 3 – Sensual worlds and art historical perspectives

  • Thomas Houlton (Independent scholar): Bushcraft: Exploring Kate Bush’s Sensual World
  • Molly Gilroy (Independent scholar): ‘Strange Phenomena’: Tracing Surreal Metamorphosis, Ballet and Keys in the works of Kate Bush, Maya Deren and Leonor Fini
  • Sandra Lockwood (Simon Fraser University): Kate Bush and the Romantic Sublime

4.00 – 5.15: Keynote 2: Graeme Thomson (author of Under the Ivy: The Life and Music of Kate Bush) in conversation with author, broadcaster and curator Hannah McGill
Friday 13 December

9.00 – 9.30: Intro: Max Browne, photographer, Shooting Kate in ‘79
9.30 – 10.30: Keynote 3: Ian Cawood (University of Stirling): Lionhearts and Fishpeople: Kate Bush on Stage
10.30 – 11.30: Panel 4 – Gender (II)

  • Levent Donat Berköz (Independent scholar): Swapping Places: Kate Bush’s Masquerade in Running Up That Hill
  • Usha Wilbers and Lara Severens (Radboud University): Into the Sensual World: Gender Subversion in the Work of Kate Bush

11.45 – 1.15: Panel 5 – Studio technologies

  • Amanda Feery (Independent musician): This Woman’s Work: A Composer’s Perspective on Vocality and Narrative in the work of Kate Bush
  • Paul Harkins (Edinburgh Napier University): Following the Auteurs: Kate Bush and the Fairlight CMI
  • Laura M. Zucconi (Stockton University): Deeper Understanding: Kate Bush in the Historical Context of Producers

2.00 – 3.15: Keynote 4: Rob Young (Independent author and former editor, The Wire): Sowing the Secret Garden
3.30 – 5.15: Panel 6 – Performance

  • Hannah Buckley and Catriona McAra (Leeds Arts University): Running with Wolves, Somaticizing the Text: Revisionary Feminism and Contemporary Dance
  • Harry Maberly (Independent artist): Kate Bush: Fiction, Fantasy and Fandom


Poster for ‘This Woman’s Work: A Kate Bush Symposium’