John Coffin Memorial Irish Studies Lecture 2019

 John Coffin Memorial Irish Studies Lecture 2019
30 May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Swedenborg House, 20-21 Bloomsbury Way, London, W1C2TH

This is the Vowel of Earth: on the Katabasis of Seamus Heaney’ with Professor Ruth Padel

Vowels are the nucleus of the syllable. The word comes from vocalis, "speaking", because in most languages you need vowels to say a word. Ruth Padel will explore Seamus Heaney's work in relation to the physicality of words, language as earth, and the ancient  ‘journey of the poet’ beneath the earth to face oneself, one’s past, and the sources of creativity. 

The event will be followed by a wine reception hosted by the Irish Embassy.

Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet and writer. She is Professor of Poetry at King’s College London​ where she teaches Poetry and Drama for the Creative Writing ​team of the Department of English. Ruth Padel’s works include ten poetry collections, Where the Serpent Lives, a novel on wildlife crime and eight books of non-fiction: including I’m A Man: Sex Gods and Rock ‘n’ Roll on rock music and Greek myths, Tigers in Red Weather a memoir on frontline tiger conservation in Asian forests, and The Poem and the Journey on reading contemporary poems.

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