2023 Conference a success

PMRG’s thirtieth conference, Fate & Fortune, was a success, with stimulating papers ranging from Beowulf to Shakespeare and Milton, via Old Norse-Icelandic sagas, eleventh-century climate change and monastic medicinal prognosis, an ecocritical look at Scottish chronicles and literature, and a comparative analysis of three texts, from Europe, India, and China. Contributors attended either in person or livestreaming from as far as the USA and Europe. It was kickstarted by Kirk Essary’s keynote on Erasmus’s views on fortune and fate as seen in his Adagia and letters, followed by a brief history of PMRG highlighting our debt to its ‘onlie begetter’, Chris Wortham, who presented a paper forty-two years after his first for PMRG in 1981. Those attending in person networked over tea breaks and lunch, and at an informal gathering at Steve’s Hotel.