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.

25 March 2014 (7pm, The Chancellor's Hall): The Roehampton Poetry Centre Reading Series

The second in the Roehampton Poetry Centre Reading Series, featuring readings from Mimi Khalvati, Stephen Romer and Ahren Warner. 

Mimi Khalvati has published seven collections with Carcanet Press, including The Meanest Flower, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and Child: New and Selected Poems, a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation.  Her new collection, The Weather Wheel, is forthcoming in the autumn. She has received a Cholmondeley Award and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Born in 1957, Stephen Romer has lived much of his adult life in France, first in Paris and currently in the Loire Valley.  A renowned poet, critic, editor and translator, he is a specialist of European Modernism.  Writing in The Observer, Adam Phillips commented that "Romer is one of the finest contemporary poets because he has made such a distinctive idiom out of such a complicated inheritance".
Stephen Romer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2011.

Ahren Warner’s books include Confer (2011), shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and Pretty (2013), both of which received Poetry Book Society Recommendations. He is Poetry Editor of Poetry London, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts and Writer-in-Residence at the Zoological Society of London.

To reserve your seat for this lecture, please email: IESEvents@sas.ac.uk

7 May 2014 (6pm, The Chancellor's Hall): The Annual Palaeography Lecture.  James Willoughby (New College, Oxford): 'The Hand of Ralph of Coggeshall. Chronicle-Making in the Reign of King John'. N.B: Date change to 7 May 2014.

An examination of how Ralph of Coggeshall created his chronicle by investigating manuscripts thought to be written in his own hand - and subsequently self-censored. Such insights have larger ramifications for the historiography of John's reign.

To reserve your seat for this lecture, please email: IESEvents@sas.ac.uk


Recent past lectures:

  • The Roehampton Poetry Centre Reading Series: Sean O'Brien and Robin Robertson: 18 February 2014.
  • The 15th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture. Professor Dame Hermione Lee (Wolfson Collge, Oxford): 'To pin down the moment with date and season': 25 January 2014
  • The Annual Lecture of the Senate House Library Friends by Stella Butler (University Librarian and Keeper of the Brotherton Collection, University of Leeds): 'Treasures untold: the opportunities and challenges of the UK's rich library heritage': 7 November 2013
  • Contemporary Narrative and the Coming of Ageing: Paul Bailey in conversation with Courttia Newland: 30 October 2013.
  • The Charles Holden Lecture by Andrew Green (former Librarian of the National Library of Wales): " Tangible intangibility": the present and future of research libraries: 10 October 2013
  • The Annual Wordsworth Lecture by Professor Stephen Gill (Lincoln College, Oxford): '"A Sea Rolling High: Wordsworth in 1804': 8 October 2013
  • Wasafiri Poetry Evening (with Jay Bernard; Merle Collins; John Mateer; Karen McCarthy-Woolf; Roger Robinson and Warsan Shire.  Hosted by Anthony Joseph): 3 October 2013
  • 3rd John La Rose Memorial Lecture by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o: Facing up to the Colonial Past': 2 October 2013.
  • AfroEurope@ns IV Launch Event (with Gabriel Gbadamosi; Tomáš Zmeškal; Ava Vidal; Shirley Thompson and Alexander D. Great): 1 October 2013.
  • Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture: 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
  • Research Symposium on the Cowell Manuscript: Karen Attar, Peter Bower, Nicholas Eastaugh and James Shapiro (Seng Tee Lee Visiting Professor): 19 June 2013: PODCAST
  • John Coffin Memorial Irish Studies Lecture: Professor Emeritus Cormac Ó Gráda (University College Dublin): " 'Because she never let them in': Irish Immigration a Century Ago and Today": 9 May 2013: PODCAST
  • John Coffin Memorial Palaeography Lecture: Professor Mirella Ferrari (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan): "From Milan to Europe: the transmission and diffusion of the works of St Ambrose": 2 May 2013: PODCAST
  • Inaugural Arden Shakespeare Lecture, by René Weis: 5 December 2012: PODCAST
  • Annual Wordsworth Lecture, by Seamus Perry: 29 November 2012: PODCAST
  • John Coffin Memorial Lecture. by Jane Landman: 23 November 2012: PODCAST