‘Twistin’ my Memory Man’ – Provisional Schedule for 13th & 14th July

Please see below for details of our provisional schedule. As you can see, this is a fantastic line up and one that we are super excited about.

You can still book tickets for the event here.

There may still be changes and additions so please keep checking back for updates.

Friday 13th July

5pm – 5.30pm                       

Welcome and registration


5.30pm – 5.45pm                 

Welcome comments from Dr Fiona Thompson


5.45pm – 6.45pm                 

Practice and performance panel

  • Joanne Amir
    • On being a muse…
  • Simon Barber
    • Three Chords and the Truth: How Songwriters Reflect on The Creative Process
  • Sam Pheby McGarvey
    • Trump’s World the Aftermath (presentation and performance)


7.00pm – 8.00pm                 

Cultural Memory

  • Isabel Thomas
    • Cover Bands and Cultural Memory
  • Pete Atkinson
    • The ‘Cilla Moment’, 2014-17 and a Feminization of Mersey Beat Mythology and Heritage
  • Aaron Stretch
    • The Transitional North: An examination of Corbijn’s ‘Control
  • Kate Ramsey
    • York to New York


8pm – 9.30pm                                   


Tom Hingley – Madchester legend, cool as f**k and author of Carpet Burns: My Life with Inspiral Carpets



Saturday 14th July

9.30am – 10am                 



10.00am – 11.00am          

Q&A with Alan Leach from York institution and Brit Pop survivors Shed Seven. Ready as ever to ‘ruin your weekend’.


11.00am – 12.00 noon                 

Parallel panels


  • Keith McDonald
    • Memoir, Melancholia and Nostalgia
  • Amy McArthy
    • Patti Smith’s M Train and the music memoir as a literary text.
  • Adam Smith
    • The Prince of F***ing Darkness’: The Obliteration of John Michael in the Satanic Confessional of Ozzy Osbourne
  • Megan Sormus
    • Facing the Music: Survival through Revival in Kristin Hersh’s Rat Girland Contemporary Women’s Music Memoirs’.


  • Ben Halligan
    • ’90s It Girls: Remembering Britpop’s Postfeminist Intermezzo
  • Martin James
    • The lost voices of London’s satellite towns : High Wycombe, pre-punk and Sex Pistols
  • Chris Inglis
    • Electro swing: Remembering the past through dance music
  • Alexandros Daniilidis
    • “Take a Walk to the Wild Side: the obscure side of New York underground, 1976 – 1982”


12.15pm – 1.15pm                 


Julianne Regan – Speaking on fronting the ethereal gothic wave of All About Eve and her recent writing and academic work on music and memoir.


1.15pm – 2.00pm                  

John Peel DJ set / lunch                 


2.00pm – 3.00pm                 


CUD – Will and Carl come in discuss all things CUD and their remarkable graphic narratives for the Black Crown comic.


3.15pm – 4pm                                   

Creative contributions

  • Tom Young
    • Waterfall: Their Words, Our Worlds.
  • Annice White
    • I Know it’s Over: Why I must break up with Morrissey.
  • Jerry Ibbotson
    • RIP Tupac
  • Rob O’Connor
    • Pulse


4pm – 5.30pm                                   


Lucy O’Brien – acclaimed author of the landmark She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music and Madonna biography Like an Icon. Lucy will discuss shifts in female music memoir writing and how these are redefining the genre.

Updated 27th June