Conference marking the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton (9 December 1608)
The Friends of the Turnbull Library are planning a conference in association with the Alexander Turnbull Library to mark the 400th anniversary of Milton’s birth.

It will be held in Wellington at the National Library Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, 5-6 December 2008, opening with the keynote lecture at 6.00pm on Friday 5 December.

The theme of the conference will be

Miltonic Origins/Miltonic Innovations: Milton’s poetry and thought in New World societies and cultures

The keynote speaker will be:

John Rumrich, Thaman Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, who will speak on Reading Him Now.

Professor Rumrich is author of Matter of Glory: A New Preface to Paradise Lost (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1987) and Milton Unbound: Controversy and Reinterpretation (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1996), and is one of the three editors of The Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton (The Modern Library, 2007).

Invited speaker: Dr Juliet Lucy will speak on Milton and Ecology. Dr Lucy is honorary research adviser, School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland. She is also a practising lawyer in the areas of water law, privacy law and administrative law.

Offers of papers (20 minutes) are welcome. Please write to Dr Brian Opie ( with a title and brief abstract