About the Frankenlaw Delegate Bags
Your Frankenlaw delegate bag will have been posted to you in eco-friendly packaging if you are attending online, or will be available to collect at the registration desk if you are attending in person. (Please let us know if you have not received yours by the end of the conference.) The delegate pack consists of a jute bag containing the usual institutional stationary, alongside an A6 postcard of our wonderful artwork by Gary Welsh with the outline programme on the reverse side, and a copy of the Dundee Edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein.
Dundee’s industrial history is steeped in jute, and the bag itself is produced by a local, family-run company, The Natural Bag Company. You can read more about them and their connections with the history of jute production in Dundee here. And you can find out more about Dundee’s industrial history via the Verdant Works museum, where the in person drink reception is being held. For online delegates, the Verdant Works have kindly prepared for you a half-hour virtual tour: Verdant Works Virtual Tour [YouTube].
The Frankenlaw artwork was created by Gary Welsh. You can read more about the image and his inspiration here.
On New Year’s Day, 1818, Mary Shelley unleashed on the world one of the most iconic works of fiction ever written: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. Her story begins further back than that. Ensconced in the Villa Diodati by Lake Geneva during the so-called Year Without a Summer, 1816, the teenage author experienced a feverish dream. The tragic tale of the God-like scientist and his sentient Creature was born. Shelley completed her draft by the spring of 1817, and it finally appeared in print, anonymously, a few months later. But our story goes back further still. Between 1812 and 1814, Shelley (then known as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) spent many months in the home of the Baxter family near the banks of the River Tay in Scotland. As she later reported in the 1831 Introduction to Frankenstein, Shelley’s eerie imagination first took flight here in the industrial city of Dundee.
The Dundee edition of the novel, edited by the University of Dundee’s Daniel Cook, and published by the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies imprint UniVerse, pays homage to Shelley’s and Frankenstein‘s historic connection with Dundee. Electronic copies are also available open access here.