Don Paterson OBE, The Golden Treasury

Monday 22 October, 6.00 - 8.00pm, Beveridge Hall, Senate House, University of London

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With the title ‘The Golden Treasury’, acclaimed Scottish poet and Picador poetry editor Don Paterson OBE will give the annual Bloomsbury Chapter Stevenson Lecture—in memory of Professor Iain Stevenson–at Senate House, University of London, on 22 October 2018.

Paterson’s lecture will celebrate Macmillan’s publishing of some of the greatest poetry in the English language over the last 175 years, from Alfred Lord Tennyson and The Golden Treasury to the current Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and Mercury Prize nominee Kate Tempest.  It will also draw on his own experiences as a celebrated poet, as Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews and as the founding editor of Picador’s poetry list at Pan Macmillan, where he has been nurturing and championing new voices into award-winning poets for the last 21 years.

Macmillan first established itself as a poetry publisher in the mid-19th century, when founders Daniel and Alexander Macmillan produced the collected works of Alfred Lord Tennyson and first introduced poets such as Rudyard Kipling and Christina Rossetti to the reading public. They also published FG Palgrave’s seminal anthology of English verse, The Golden Treasury in 1861. The company which they passed down to their sons became home to W. B. Yeats and Rabindranath Tagore. Paterson has continued this tradition of publishing original poetic voices for as wide an audience as possible, with Picador poets today including Kate Clanchy, Michael Donaghy, Paul Farley, Clive James, Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, Sean O’Brien and Jacob Polley.

This ticketed public event follows Bloomsbury Chapter’s academic conference in partnership with Palgrave Macmillan and Pan Macmillan, which takes the theme Faithful to our work: 175 years of Macmillan publishing’.

The timing of the Bloomsbury Chapter Stevenson Lecture coincides with the publication of a beautiful new edition of The Golden Treasury by Macmillan Collector’s Library—with a blue cloth cover and golden leaf flock—175 years on from the publication of Macmillan’s first book in 1843.


  • £10 standard
  • £5 concession

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