'An Area the Size of Wales: the Erasure of Howl's Homeland from Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle': A talk by Dr Catherine Butler

'An Area the Size of Wales: the Erasure of Howl's Homeland from Hayao Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle': A talk by Dr Catherine Butler

When Diana Wynne Jones published her novel, Howl’s Moving Castle, in 1986, it was set in two countries. One was Ingary, the fantasy land where most of the action takes place, the haunt of wizards, witches, fire demons and mermaids. The other was Wales. Howl is a proud Welshman and rugby fan as well as a wizard, and even visits his sister’s house in Wales in one chapter, travelling between our world and Ingary by means of a magic portal.

However, when Hayao Miyazaki’s adaptation for Studio Ghibli was released in 2004, Wales was nowhere to be seen. What is the story behind Wales's erasure from Miyazaki’s film, and what effect did it have on the story and on its eponymous character? 

Dr Catherine Butler will answer this very question on Thursday 15th September at Seven Stories (in-person event). Items from our Diana Wynne Jones Collection will be on display too for a 'white glove' experience exploring her drafts, unpublished works and correspondence.

About Catherine
Catherine Butler is Reader in English Literature at Cardiff University. Her forthcoming book, British Children's Books in Japanese Culture: Wonderlands and Looking-Glasses, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2023. Previous academic books includeFour British Fantasists(2006),Reading History in Children’s Books(2012) andLiterary Studies Deconstructed(2018), as well as several edited collections.She has also published six novels for children and teenagers. Catherine is Editor-in-Chief ofChildren’s Literature in Education.

About Diana Wynne Jones and our Collection
We are proud to be home to Diana Wynne Jones' archive including stories and other compositions written by Jones when she was a child; draft material relating to her 49 published works; draft material relating to numerous unpublished works, including plays, novels and poetry; correspondence and personal papers, including professional correspondence; drafts of articles and talks by or about Jones; and copies of some of Jones' published works, including some foreign language editions

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