British Academy Literature Week: 20-24 May 2013: Podcast and recordings now available

Wednesday 1 May 2013

The third British Academy Literature Week will be a feast of free public events across London, including an exclusive Shakespeare evening at the Globe Theatre, featuring James Shapiro and Jonathan Bate; lectures by Richard Parish and Hugh Haughton on imitations of Christ in 17th Century French literature and on modern British poets and rivers; poetry readings by Alice Oswald and Anne Stevenson, a special event on W.B.Yeats at the Irish Embassy, and an exhibition by the paper sculptor Justin Rowe celebrating the art of books. 

Professor Sir Adam Robert, the British Academy President, said: “The UK has a rich history of cultural creativity, particularly in the field of literature. The British Academy biennial Literature Week pays homage to some of the most influential writers and academics as they journey through a variety of novels, poetry and plays which all explore the ‘what why, and how’ of life unfolds around us. This year's Literature Week offers a brilliant and varied choice of topics and free events at a selection of venues across the capital. We hope you can once again, enjoy this celebration of literature with the British Academy.” The British Academy Literature Week is jointly organised with the Institute of English Studies at the University of London and the Royal Society of Literature. Each evening event ends with a drinks reception at around 7.30pm. All the events are free. Booking is required for all events and exhibition viewings.

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Yeats's Mother Tongue: 20 May 2013