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.

11 September 2014: 6.00pm (IALS Lecture Theatre, 17 Russell Square): Maggie Gee in Conversation: 'Anna Kavan: It's Cold Outside':
Wine reception to follow.  £7.00 to attend.
Anna Kavan’s legacy can be seen in the admiration of her work expressed by writers of her time and those that followed her, among them Jean Rhys, Anais Nin, J G Ballard and Brian Aldiss. The Anna Kavan symposium will close with a public event in the evening at which writer Maggie Gee will discuss Kavan’s writing, and consider points of comparison with her own work and her experience as a contemporary author.  Maggie Gee has written twelve acclaimed novels, including The Ice People, My Cleaner, My Driver and The White Family, a collection of short stories, The Blue, and a memoir of her life as a writer, My Animal Life. She was the first female Chair of Council of the Royal Society of Literature, 2004-2008, and is now a Vice-President. Her new novel, Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, has just been published. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.  In association with the conference Anna Kavan: Historical Context, Influences and Legacy of her Fiction

16 October 2014: 6.00pm (Chancellor's Hall, Senate House): The Annual Wordsworth Lecture.  By Fiona Stafford.  Title tbc.

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.