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.

23 January 2016: 2.00pm (Wolfson Suite, Senate House)

The 17th Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture: Professor Frances Spalding CBE (Newcastle): Virginia Woolf and Tristram Shandy. £15 VW Society and IES members/concs.; £20 non-members standard. The price includes a wine reception to follow the lecture and a printed copy of the lecture to be posted.  CLICK HERE FOR ONLINE BOOKING

17 November 2015: 6.00pm - 9.30pm (The Senate Room, First Floor)

The Roehampton Poetry Centre: readings by W.N. Herbert and Carole Satyamurti. The Roehampton Poetry Centre invites you to an evening of readings by W.N. Herbert, award winning poet and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and Carole Satyamurti, winner of the inaugural Roehampton Poetry Prize. 

The event is free of charge and everyone interested in the reading is welcome to attend. Doors open at 6pm.

Recent past lectures (with links to podcasts):

Hilda Hulme Memorial Lectures:

2014: Professor Dayton Haskin (Boston College): 'The Jesuits and English Literature - John Donne and Ignatian Spirituality' (available here as a PDF file)

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.