I am extremely pleased to receive confirmation that my proposal for the J. G. Ballard Conference in May has been accepted.
Fortunately, though, I still have a few months to work out the details of my planned lecture: "‘Going mad is their only way of staying sane’: The Civilised Violence of J. G. Ballard."
Those of you who are not yet familiar with Ballard's work (and who thus cannot share my excitement) can find out more about his work at the excellent on-line resource, Ballardian.
Or, better yet, just read something by him. I'd recommend High Rise, Super Cannes, Kingdom Come, or The Drowned World as starters (two of which feature in my paper...) (All shops are UK versions...vary as required!)