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.
Weds 10 December 2014: 7.00pm (The Court Room, 1st Floor Senate House):
ROEHAMPTON POETRY CENTRE READINGS: DON PATERSON AND PASCALE PETIT
Wine reception to follow. FREE to attend. Please register by EVENTBRITE or by emailing IESEvents@sas.ac.uk
Don Paterson’s collections including Landing Light (Faber, 2003; Graywolf, 2004), Orpheus (a version of Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus, Faber, 2006) and Rain (Faber, 2009; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010). He has published two books of aphorism, The Book of Shadows (Picador, 2004) and The Blind Eye (Faber, 2007), and a compendium, Best Thought, Worst Thought (Graywolf, 2008). He has also edited a number of anthologies. His poetry has won a number of awards, including the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award, and the T S Eliot Prize on two occasions. Most recently, Rain won the 2009 Forward prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the English Association; he received the OBE in 2008 and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. He teaches poetry at the University of St Andrews, and since 1996 has been poetry editor at Picador MacMillan.
Pascale Petit’s sixth collection Fauverie is published by Seren in September 2014. Five poems from the book won the Manchester Poetry Prize. Her fifth collection What the Water Gave Me: Poems after Frida Kahlo was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and Wales Book of the Year, and was a Book of the Year in the Observer. Pascale has had three books shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize and selected as Books of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement, Independent and Observer. She tutors courses at Tate Modern and for The Poetry School.
At the forefront of the UK poetry scene, Roehampton Poetry Centre offers research opportunities and master classes with significant figures in the poetry world, publishes the internationally renowned POEM magazine, and runs two major poetry prizes: the Roehampton Prize, for the best Poetry book of the year, and the Ruskin Prize for the best single poem.
Recent past lectures (with links to podcasts):
Professor Ronald Schuchard (Emory University, IES Senior Research Fellow): ' "Into the heartland of the ordinary": Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and the Divided Traditions of Modern and Contemporary Poetry'. 12 May 2014
The Annual Palaeography Lecture. James Willoughby (New College, Oxford): 'The Hand of Ralph of Coggeshall. Chronicle-Making in the Reign of King John'. 7 May 2014
- The 15th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture. Professor Dame Hermione Lee (Wolfson College, Oxford): 'To pin down the moment with date and season': 25 January 2014
- Annual Wordsworth Lecture. Professor Stephen Gill (Lincoln College, Oxford): '"A Sea Rolling High": Wordsworth in 1804': 8 October 2013
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
Texts of earlier Hulme lectures, and recordings/texts of John Coffin Memorial Lectures to be posted here shortly.