The more I read Robert Allen Rouse’s stimulating book on the influence of Anglo-Saxon in the medieval romances the more I am convinced that Bevis in the Auchinleck compilation contributes its own important dimension, but I am no less convinced that language is a significant issue too. So I have just ordered another book that should help with this area of research, as well as putting in an Interlibrary Loan request for a book by Thorlac Turville-Petre. Hopefully as this one is not brand new there will be no problem accessing it. I was not a little surprised that it did not show up on the Hartley Library webcat, but maybe it’s for the best as I have an article on a different topic entirely that needs swift revision and the time spent getting to the Hartley can be better employed.
Of more immediate concern is the lack of accessible publicity about the Southampton Literary Festival for which my Bevis book has long been intended. As well as concerns over the actual publication process, this lack of publicity is unnerving, especially when it is brought to my attention by people who habitually attend events in the city. While the Agincourt festival is now widely publicised the first Southampton Literary Festival has not yet been, although my book has been scheduled for it’s ‘launch’ as part of the festival. Having constructed the work to suit a local and non-academic readership, it would be reassuring to know that the public will soon get to know that the Festival is planned.