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.

28 May 2015: 6.00pm (Room 349, 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

This lecture is free and open to all. 

3 June 2015: 6.00pm (Senate and Jessel rooms)
The Roehampton Poetry Prize, with judges Ian McMillan and John Burnside. Wine reception to follow.

The Roehampton Poetry Centre is delighted to invite you to attend the Prize Giving Ceremony for our first annual Roehampton Poetry Prize. Please join us for a wine reception, and announcement of the winner of this year’s prize – selected from our short list of eight poets. The announcement will be followed by a reading from this year’s judges, Ian McMillan, and John Burnside. Both parts of the evening’s event are free and open to the public.

The prize is given annually for the bestpoetry collection of the year written by apoet of any nationality who is currentlyliving in the UK. It is judged exclusively by poets. The 2015 Prize is judged by poets Ian McMillan and John Burnside, and chaired by Professor Fiona Sampson,Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre. Announcing the shortlist, the judges said,“We were delighted by the range and brilliance of the entries, which we believe are reflected in our shortlist. This whole exercise demonstrates how the poetry being written here today is of the highest international calibre.”

The shortlist, in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Fiona Benson – Bright Travellers – Cape
Colette Bryce – The Whole and Rain-domed Universe – Picador
Lee Harwood – The Orchid Boat – Enitharmon
Selima Hill – Jutland – Bloodaxe
Sean O’Brien – The Beautiful Librarians – Picador
Michael Longley – The Stairwell – Cape
Carol Satyamurti – The Mahabharata – Norton

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.