PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL NEWS

7th July 2014

I’ve signed the paperwork for my first peer-reviewed article, which will appear in Clues: A Journal of Detection, vol. 32, no. 2 (Winter 2014).

20th June 2014

The programme for this year’s International Agatha Christie Festival has been released, and I can announce that I’ll be giving a one-hour talk in Torre Abbey on Friday 19th September.

19th June 2014

I’ve enjoyed helping out at Imagining the Suburbs, the final conference of the Cultures of the Suburbs network, at the University of Exeter.

16th June 2014

I have self-published a small (52-page) collection of poetry, and you can order a signed copy for a reduced price (I really need money!). Click this link for more info.

13th June 2014

Queens of Crime was a smashing success. Thank you to everyone whose hard work has turned two years of planning into a two-day triumph.

5th June 2014

The final programme draft for Queens of Crime has been uploaded, and full programmes have been sent to the printers. Remember to register for the full conference, or just the evening event!

30th May 2014

Check out DS Nelson’s anthology of Blake Hetherington mysteries – out now in paperback. My review is quoted on the back!

18th May 2014

Some worrying personal news. I am in need of a home! If you know of any cheap rentable properties in Exeter, please get in touch.

10th May 2014

The first full programme for Queens of Crime, a two-day international conference at Senate House, is available here exclusively. Keynote presentations from Dr Lee Horsley and the writer Val McDermid.

* * * You can register online via the University of London (HERE). * * *

8th May 2014

It was something of a thrill for me when Sophie Hannah, author of the new Hercule Poirot mystery, The Monogram Murders, asked if I approved of the title! Definitely one that grows on you — and they tend to be the best.

29th April 2014

Congratulations to all my colleagues at the University of Exeter who made the Humanities PGR conference a stimulating and triumphant success.

15th April 2014

Yesterday, my conference Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity took place at the University of Exeter, and was a massive success. Highlight of the day was Tom Adams making a special appearance. That, or the discussion of Gladys Cram’s knickers.

5th April 2014

There is a new feature on jcbernthal.com: Research Resources and Opportunities – an interactive and ongoing feature for anyone with a research interest in detective fiction and/or gender & sexuality.

22nd March 2014

Congratulations to my fiancé Alan Hooker, who just received his author copy of his first publication! He has a chapter in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded (Sheffield Phoenix Press).

17th March 2014

Cristina Burke-Trees will curate an exhibition of cover art prints at the University of Exeter, 9th-25th April 2014, endorsed by Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity.

10th March 2014

On 8th March, International Women’s Day, I attended the brilliant conference ‘Literary Dolls’ at Durham University and presented a paper on Agatha Christie and feminine textual bodies. I couldn’t show my slideshow, but here it is.

5th March 2014

A new schedule for Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity is available online! Exeter researchers email agathachristie@exeter.ac.uk for free registration info.

3rd March 2014

Exciting news for me. My first article has been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal! Look out for my contribution to Clues: A Journal of Detection in 2015.

15th February 2014

Call for papers – Extended deadline! Get your Queens of Crime abstract in by 28th February. This two-day event at Senate House, University of London, this June, has generated a lot of interest, and we’ll be proposing an edited collection.

14th February 2014

Are you a research student at the University of Exeter?  Thanks to Research Development’s generosity, you can attend Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity for free! Details on how to apply for a £30 fee-waiver are on this poster.

10th February 2014

Queens of Crime, a two-day international conference I’m organising with Brittain Bright at the University of London, now has a website! Keynote speakers include Val McDermid and Dr Lee Horsley, and we have an exciting evening event lined-up.

3rd February 2014

Last week I discovered that my application for a Researcher-Led Initiative award was successful! This means that my conference Agatha Christie: Crime, Culture, Celebrity now has generous funding from Research Development at the University of Exeter. We’re in discussions about how to use this funding.

31st January 2014

Agatha Christie Ltd is publicising anew my opinion column, ‘Queen of Comedy’.  I was thrilled when AC Ltd requested that I write for them. Hopefully I’ve avoided the truism that nothing is less funny than writing about humour.

18th January 2014

My review of Romy Wood’s Word on the Street has been published online as part of the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network’s blog. Despite rush-writing this review before the novel’s publication in October 2013, the PG CWWN has only just decided to publish it.

1st January 2014

My review of AL Olson’s Checkmate has been published online in Vada Magazine. Olson’s self-published debut is a fundraiser for a great cause.

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