The conference Registration Schedule Information

Thursday 19 September (start – 2:30) to Saturday 21 September (end – 5:30pm)

This international, interdisciplinary conference on Harold Pinter offers a forum to celebrate the late writer, but also to consider new empirical findings and new ways of engaging with Pinter’s life and work. The lapse in time since Pinter’s death can enable a more critical engagement with a figure who has long been a fixture among the twentieth- and twenty-first-century artistic elite, not just in Britain but globally.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leeds

Mark Taylor-Batty Basil Chiasson

Mark and Basil

Keynote speaker: Vivienne Jabri, Professor of International Politics, Kings College London: ‘Pinter, the Political and the International’.

Special guest: Jamie Andrews, Head of Culture and Learning, British Library: ‘Archiving Harold Pinter’. Images of archival material displayed by kind permission of Lady Antonia Fraser Pinter.

  • In-conversation sessions with leading Pinter practitioners including Jamie Lloyd, Nancy Meckler and Douglas Hodge. (Speakers’ appearance subject to scheduling.)
  • Skype interview with Henry Woolf, chaired by Jeremy Goldstein and Harry Burton.
  • A practical workshop by Harry Burton.
  • A performance by Jeremy Goldstein and colleagues: Truth to Power Café on 19 September.
  • The Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies database launch on 21 September.



Read the abstracts of the conference papers here

Registration for the conference has now closed.

  • The standard registration fee is £70, with a £35 fee for Postgraduate and other students.
  • There is a reduced registration fee of £60 for those who have paid to come to one of the previous two conferences that the project has arranged.
  • There will be an optional three course meal on the evening of Friday 20 September, for which we ask £30. If you pay for this option, we will contact you later for your menu options.

An evening buffet on Thursday 19 September, and buffet lunches on the Friday and Saturday are included in the conference registration. These will include vegetarian and vegan options. Please indicate any dietary preferences or requirements on the booking page.

We have listed some accommodation options, which need to be booked separately, in the ‘Information’ tab.

A limited number of subsidised spaces have been made available at the University nursery for the Friday (8:15 – 5:45). Please contact Basil if you think you might wish to make use of this facility.

For Accommodation and information about Getting Here, go to the Information tab.


The provisional schedule is now published here.


In this tab, we have information on accommodation, tips about hotel location, getting to the conference, and the weather in Leeds.

Accommodation options (in approximate order of budget)

Click for a Google map of the hotels in relation to the conference venue, the train station and other facilities.

Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds City Centre
0.46 miles from university
(15 minute walk)
1 The Light, The Headrow, Leeds,  LS1 8TL

The Queens Hotel
(adjoined to the train station)
0.65 miles from university
(20 minute walk)
City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

Malmaison Leeds
0.88 miles from university
(30 minute walk)
1 Swinegate, Leeds, LS1 4AG

0.6 miles from University (20 minute walk)
9 Quebec Street, Leeds, LS1 2HA

Park Plaza Hotel
0.65 miles from university (20 minute walk)
Boar Lane City Square, LeedsLS1 5NS

Kingston Hotel
0.4 miles to University of Leeds (5 minute walk)
Kingston Terrace, Leeds, LS2 9BW

Roomzzz Leeds City West
0.4 miles from university (20 minute walk)
2 Burley Road, Leeds, LS3 1JB

Novotel Leeds Centre
0.65 miles from university (20 minute walk)
4 Whitehall Whitehall Quay, Leeds, LS1 4HR

The Wrens
0.7 miles to University of Leeds (20 minute walk)
59-61 New Briggate, Leeds, LS2 8JD

Premier Inn Leeds Central
0.25 miles from university (10 minute walk)
Hepworth Point, Clay Pit Lane, Leeds, LS2 8BQ

Travelodge Leeds Central Vicar Lane
0.6 miles to University of Leeds (20 minute walk)
97 Vicar Lane, Leeds, LS1 6PJ

Travelodge Leeds Central
0.8 miles to University of Leeds (25 minute walk)
Blayds Court, Blayds Yard,
Off Swinegate, LS1 4AD

Discovery Inn
0.75 miles from university (20 minute walk)
15 Bishopgate Street, Leeds, LS1 5DY

Cosmopolitan Hotel
0.9 miles to University of Leeds (30 minute walk)
Lower Briggate, Leeds, England, LS1 4AE

ibis Leeds Centre Marlborough Street
0.43 miles from university (20 minute walk)
23 Marlborough Street, Leeds, LS1 4PB

easyHotel Leeds
0.7 miles to University of Leeds (20 minute walk)
14-22 Lands Lane, Leeds, LS1 6LB

The George Backpackers
0.26 miles from university (15 minute walk)
67 Great George St, Leeds, LS1 3BB

The Premier Inn is perhaps the closest, reasonably priced chain hotel to the conference venue, ten minutes walk. The closest hotel would be the Kingston.

Those who would prefer a hotel close to the train station might consider The Queens, The Park Plaza, The Discovery Inn, Quebecs, Malmaison, The Continental or Travelodge Central. The Queens is adjoined to the station concourse, The Park Plaza and The Discovery Inn are across the road from it. These hotels are 20 to 30 minutes walk to the conference venue, or you can take bus 1 or 1B from stand B on Infirmary Street, just off City Square by the train station.


Getting to Leeds

By air

If you are flying in to the UK for the conference, the most convenient airports for the University of Leeds are Leeds/Bradford and Manchester Airports.

The 757 ‘Flying Tiger’ bus travels between Leeds/Bradford airport and Leeds train station every half hour through most of the day (timetable). A one-way journey costs £3.80.

There are trains directly between Leeds and Manchester Airport running every half hour or more frequently. Many trains are direct from the airport to Leeds, for some journeys you will need to change at Manchester Piccadilly. (Check here)

By train

Leeds station is a well-connected hub, with excellent frequent services from London, the north and the trans-pennine route. The conference venue is a comfortable 20 minute walk from the station, or there is a nearby bus stop, as well as a good taxi service.

Walking to the conference venue from the station 

The conference venue is walking distance from the station (20 minutes uphill at a steady pace). Turn left at the exit flanked by M&S, and walk toward the City Square. Cross the road and walk up Park Row. Follow a straight line up Park Row, and cross the Headrow, continuing on that straight line up Cookridge Street, eventually passing the Leeds Museum on your right and Millennium Square on your left. Once at the top of Cookridge Street, turn left onto Woodhouse Lane and you will see the white Parkinson Tower of the university uphill ahead of you. Head for that landmark. Once you arrive at the University, turn into the campus at the main gate just before you get to the tower, with the Emanuel Church on your left. Walk down keeping that church on your left, and the very next building on the left – a converted chapel – is the Workshop Theatre. We’ll see you there. Click here to see this route as a google map.

Taking a bus from the station to the conference venue

Bus number 1 (Holt Park) or 1B (Headlingly Campus) or 1A (Weetwood) all leave from stand B on Infirmary Street, just across the City Square from the station and the Queen’s Hotel. As you face the Square with the facade of the Queens Hotel behind you, you will see some restaurants on the square to the left in the old Post Office building. Infirmary Street is the street that goes off to the left behind them. Stand B is the furthest on the right, down that street. You can buy a ticket on the bus, and they will accept cash, card and near-field technology payments. Tickets are £1.60.

By car

Parking is not available on campus before 5pm on weekdays, but there is paid parking on campus after 5pm and all weekend (click here for details). There are electric car re-charging points on campus, including some just by the conference venue, but the same parking restrictions apply. The nearest public multi-storey car-park is Woodhouse Lane, a 24-hour council car-park which is five minutes walk from the conference venue. There are some pay and display roadside parking spaces a little closer on Servia Hill. The closest free (but least secure) roadside parking is on the other side of Woodhouse Moor park, on Hyde Park Road. All of these are marked on the conference map.

Satnav co-ordinates:

The University main gate (for conference venue and campus parking): LS2 9HD
Woodhouse Lane car park: LS2 3AX
Servia Hill roadside parking: LS6 2QL
Hyde Park Road roadside parking: LS6 1AG


The taxi rank at the train station is directly ahead of you as you walk through the turnstiles after leaving the train – walk through the concourse where the shops are and head outside through the doors ahead. Ask a taxi to drop you at the University of Leeds: the Woodhouse Lane main entrance. The main gate is is by the white Parkinson Tower. When you get out, walk downhill into the campus, away from the tower. The Workshop Theatre is the converted chapel building you will see on the left, just down from the gate. The taxi rank at the University is by the main gate, just beside the conference venue.





Leeds in September is usually dry, sunny and temperate.

The current forecast for the days of the conference is 19 degrees (66 F), Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze (updated 10 September)