We are a non-profit educational organization promoting the works and study of Lawrence Durrell, a writer most active in the second half of the 20th century. To support an understanding of Durrell’s place in modernist and postmodernist traditions as well as in a canon of world literature, we sponsor meetings worldwide, publish a newsletter and journal, and provide a number of other resources. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and how to get involved on the Society page.

White Mice Poetry Contest Winners

White Mice Poetry Contest Winners

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2017 White Mice Poetry Contest. This year’s theme was “harbor,” a fitting preparation for our upcoming ILDS conference in Chicago. The winners will be invited to read at a special event at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago on July 5, 2018, and their poems will be published in a future issue of Deus Loci. To see the winners and read the poems, click here.

2020 Conference Proposals

2020 Conference Proposals

The Executive Board of the International Lawrence Durrell Society requests preliminary proposals from members interested in organizing or hosting the conference that the society will sponsor in summer 2020: “On Miracle Ground XXI.” Find out more by downloading the 2020 Preliminary Conference Proposal informational page.

Louisville 2019

Louisville 2019

We’re looking for panelists to join us in Louisville at the Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900, held February 21 through 23. If you’re interested in poetry in/of late modernism, then we might, in fact, be looking for you! See more details on the call for papers.

Executive Board Nominations, 2018

Executive Board Nominations, 2018

In preparation for the 2018 general business meeting in Chicago, the society’s nominations committee has prepared the following slate of nominees:

President

Isabelle Keller-Privat

Isabelle Keller-Privat is Associate Professor and co-director of the research team “LieuxCommuns / Common Places” for the CAS Research Centre at the University Toulouse Jean Jaurès where she teaches British literature, poetry, and translation.

She was awarded the International Lawrence Durrell Prize for New Scholarship in 2000 and, since then, has been a long-standing member of the ILDS where she is presently member-at-large and in charge of the translation committee that supervises the translation into English of foreign language academic papers. Since 2000 she has contributed to many publications on Lawrence Durrell, V. S. Naipaul, Jon McGregor and David Gascoyne.

She was the co-organiser of OMG XV at the University Paris Nanterre and co-editor of the issue Lawrence Durrell at the Crossroads of Arts and Sciences published by the Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest in 2010. She has published the first essay on Lawrence Durrell’s poetry collections at the University Presses of Paris-Ouest—Between the Lines. L’écriture du déchirement dans la poésie de Lawrence Durrell (2015)—and has just finished translating it into English for the Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.
She was interviewed by France Culture on Lawrence Durrell’s poetry in February 2017: https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/la-compagnie-des-auteurs/lawrence-durrell-34-faut-il-comprendre-la-poesie-de-lawrence

She has produced over 30 papers and book chapters in national and international peer-reviewed journals and has co-edited three collections of papers on Durrellian studies, interdisciplinary studies on exile and migration, and Mediterranean criticism. Recently, she has contributed to the volume Critically Mediterranean. Temporalities, Aesthetics and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis published in the collection “Mediterranean Perspectives” by Palgrave. She is presently co-editing two forthcoming books on travel letters in modern and contemporary fiction and on the Mediterranean and its hinterlands.

Vice President

Pamela Francis

Pamela J. Francis has been a member of the International Lawrence Durrell Society since 2001, and served as a member-at large on the executive board from 2006 to 2016, and as vice-president since 2016. Pamela is also the current editor of the International Lawrence Durrell Society Herald, and was a member of the organizing committees for OMG XVI (2010) in New Orleans, OMG XIX (2016) in Crete, and OMG XX in Chicago. In her non-Durrellian hours, she teaches British literature and Modernist studies at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.

Secretary/Treasurer

Paul Lorenz

Paul Lorenz has been a member of the International Lawrence Durrell Society since 1987 and has served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Society since 1994 except for the period between 2004 and 2006 when he served as President of the Society. He has published more than a dozen articles on Durrell in scholarly journals and co-edited a volume of essays, Americans and the Experience of Delphi, with David Roessel. He is currently the chair of the Department of English, Humanities, and Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

At-Large Members

Peter Baldwin

After graduating in law, I was a business partner in a UK law firm for over 30 years before finally retiring in 2016. In about 1976 I chanced to buy a copy of Tunc, the first of the ‘double-decker’ novel series later dubbed The Revolt of Aphrodite. I immediately found the intellectual and emotional focus of the novel most appealing and proceeded to read my way through the rest of Durrell’s creative oeuvre, developing a fondness for tracking down for my collection of Durrelliana articles about and by Lawrence Durrell.

My approach to Durrell himself asking to publish something written by him was the start of my imprint The Delos Press; Durrell afforded me the chance to publish in fine letter-press editions a fully revised version of his earlier play An Irish Faustus [1987] and, later, the essay which he wrote specially for The Delos Press, Henri Michaux, the Poet of Supreme Solipsism [1990]. Two short critical works by Robin Rook about Durrell followed in the Delos list; Lawrence Durrell’s Double Concerto and At the Foot of the Acropolis, a Study of Lawrence Durrell’s novels.

A number of publications have published my articles about Durrell, whom I had the pleasure of getting to know in the course of my Delos Press publishing. For a significant part of its own publishing career, I have been an active contributor to the ILDS Herald newsletter; I have also contributed to the Society’s learned journal, Deus Loci. I initiated the collection of the essays by Durrell which Jamie Gifford, an active Durrell scholar and member of the ILDS, perfected into the collection From the Elephant’s Back [University of Alberta Press, 2015].

The Delos Press imprint has recently been revived to co-publish with Colenso Books The Fruitful Discontent of the Word: a Further Collection of Poems by Lawrence Durrell.

I live in Birmingham, UK.

David Radavich

David Radavich has long served the Durrell Society as poetry editor of Deus Loci and coordinator of the biannual White Mice Poetry Contests. His recent poetry books are America Bound: An Epic for Our Time, Middle-East Mezze, and The Countries We Live In; his plays have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe. An emeritus Professor of English from Eastern Illinois University, his scholarly focus has been on twentieth-century American drama, particularly from the Midwest.

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