Lectures and Readings

The Institute runs an extensive annual programme of lectures and readings on a wide range of subjects, both general and specialised, within the broad area of English studies.

If you would like to attend any of these events please email IESEvents@sas.ac.uk or call +44(0)207 862 8675 to reserve a seat.

4 March 2015: 10am-1pm (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies):
Forensic Shakespeare. Please register via Eventbrite: www.forensicshakespeare.eventbrite.co.uk

Speakers include Professor Eric Heinze, Queen Mary University of London (Chair), Professor Peter Mack, University of Warwick, • Professor Cathy Shrank, University of Sheffield, Professor David Colclough, Queen Mary University of London, Professor Lorna Hutson, University of St Andrews, Professor Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London.

For more information, please visit this link

13 March 2015: 6.00pm (The Chancellor's Hall, 1st Floor Senate House):
John Coffin Memorial Reading: a roundtable panel with three New and Next Generation Poets
Wine reception to follow. Please register via Eventbrite

This free public event is a conversation/public reading featuring 3 leading New/Next Generation poets (a major poetry promotion, run by the Poetry Book Society). Ian Duhig (1994), Patience Agbabi (2004) and Hannah Lowe (2014) will speak publicly about their experiences and what being nominated has meant for them. 

The event will form part of a conference entitled “New Generation to Next Generation 2014: Three Decades of British and Irish Poetry” (hosted by IES, in collaboration with Oxford Brooks, Aberystwyth, Durham, Reading and the Poetry Books Society) which is timed to coincide with the final performance of a national tour at the Southbank on 16 March. For more details on the details, please visit: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/conferences/New-NextGeneration.

18 March 2015: 7.00pm (The Chancellor's Hall, 1st Floor Senate House): 
Tales Of Two Cities: The T S Eliot Memorial Reading
Wine reception to follow. To register, visit http://rslit.org/tales-of-two-cities 

Mark Doty, who was born in Maryville, Tennessee, and now lives in New York, was the first American poet to win the T.S. Eliot Award, and is a former winner of the National Book Award for Poetry. He first came to public attention with work exploring gay identity and the AIDS epidemic. Deep Lane, published this spring, is a book of descents – into the earth beneath the garden, and into the dark substrata of life. It ranges from agony to rapture, from great depths to hard-won heights.

Ruth Padel, a former winner of the National Poetry Competition, was shortlisted for the 2014 T.S. Eliot Award for Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth, a book on conflict, harmony and creativity, weaving contemporary Middle Eastern politics and the history and culture of the Abrahamic religions, with music and craftsmanship. At its heart is a sequence on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the cross. Introduced by Fiona Sampson, Director, Roehampton Poetry Centre, our co-hosts for this event, Doty and Padel read from their work.

28 April 2015: 5-7pm (The Deller Hall, Senate House):
A reading, talk and Q&A by Jonathan Coe (as part of the Life & Work of Jonathan Coe conference)
Wine reception to follow. To register, visit http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/JonathanCoe

13 May 2015: 6.00pm (The Chancellor's Hall, 1st Floor Senate House):
The John Coffin Memorial Annual Palaeography Lecture 2014-2015: ‘Who wrote Magna Carta?’
Wine reception to follow. Please register via Eventbrite.

Professor Nicholas Vincent, FBA, will be delivering the Annual Palaeography Lecture on the subject: ‘Who wrote Magna Carta?’ at Senate House, London on 13 May 2015 at 6pm. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

Professor Vincent is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Magna Carta Project, which is a £1,000,000 research project funded by the AHRC (http://magnacartaresearch.org/). He is the author of A Very Short Introduction to Magna Carta (Oxford University Press, 2012) and has written a dozen books and about a hundred articles on kingship, charters and relics within the Anglo-French world of the 12th and 13th centuries.  This year’s lecture celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta which falls on 15 June 2015.

28 May 2015: 6.00pm (Court Room, 1st Floor Senate House):
Professor Jerome McGann: 'Truth and Method; or, Humanities Scholarship as a Science of Exceptions'
Wine reception to follow. To register, please RSVP to IESEvents@sas.ac.uk


Recent past lectures (with links to podcasts):

Hilda Hulme Memorial Lectures:

2013: Professor Martin Mueller (Professor emeritus of English and Classics, Northwestern University Illinois): '"Shakespeare His Contemporaries": Exploring Early Modern Drama in a Digital Environment': 2 July 2013

2012: Professor James Shapiro (Columbia University): 'Unravelling Shakespeare's Life': 23 April 2014

2011: Professor Henry Woudhuysen (University College London): '"Ha-ha-ha. Hi-hi-hi. Ho-ho-ho. Ha-hi-ho": Representing sounds in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature': 2 June 2011

Texts of earlier Hulme lectures, and recordings/texts of John Coffin Memorial Lectures to be posted here shortly.