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.


3 May 2016: 6.00pm - 9.00pm (Senate Room, Senate House)

Roehampton Poetry Prize Ceremony 2016: We invite you to join us for an informal wine reception to accompany the announcement of the Prize recipient, to be followed by a reading by this year's judge - Ruth Padel. Attendance free.


6 May 2016: 5.30pm - 7.30pm (Gordon Room/G34, Senate House)

Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Dr Arianna Ciula (University of Roehampton) on "Material culture and societal resonance in Digital Humanities: Modelling Textuality". Attendance free, RSVP at IESEvents@sas.ac.uk.


11 May 2016: 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Chancellor's Hall, Senate House)

The John Coffin Memorial Annual Palaeography Lecture: Daniel Wakelin (Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Palaeography, University of Oxford): '"Let me slip into something less comfortable": Gothic textualis by accident and by design'. Attendance free.


15 October 2016: 2.00pm - 6.00pm (Senate Room, Senate House)

The Annual Katherine Mansfield Society Birthday Lecture: Professor Claire Davison: 'Katherine Mansfield's Musical World'. Professor Davison will be joined by musician Joseph Spooner. £15 KM Society and IES members/concs.; £20 non-members standard. The price includes a wine reception to follow the lecture. REGISTRATION OPEN CLICK HERE


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.