*Please note that this information refers to the 2018 School. Information on the 2019 School will be made available shortly. 

From Monday through Friday the morning lectures at 9:30 and 11:00 will take place in the Court Room (Senate House, First Floor); the tea / coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the Jessel Room (Senate House, First Floor). 

The seminars will be held in different locations around Senate House from 13:00 to 14.30, Monday through Friday. 

After the seminars, students and faculty often gather at a pub, The Lamb, 92 Lambs Conduit Street (near International Hall) to chat more informally about Eliot and the literary world.

Saturday 7 July - Welcome - Colm Tóibín

17:00-18:00                 Arrival and registration (Senate House, Crush Hall, Ground Floor);

Sign in, pick up programme packets.

18:00                           Welcome Ceremonies (Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor)

Andrew Nash, Acting Director, Institute of English Studies; Ronald Schuchard and Warwick Gould, Co-Directors of the Summer School.

Opening address by Colm Tόibín, Irish novelist, playwright, poet, critic

19:00                          Drinks reception and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the T. S. Eliot Foundation (Macmillan Hall, Ground Floor).

Sunday 8 July - Trip to Little Gidding

Trip to Little Gidding

8.30 - Departure for Little Gidding (from International Hall)

11.00-17.00 -  The Annual T. S. Eliot Festival

A joint programme of the Eliot Summer School with the Friends of Little Gidding and the T. S. Eliot Society of the UK. Reading of Little Gidding and visiting the Chapel. Summer Lunch on the grounds.

11:00   George Szirtes, poet and former winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize talking about Eliot’s poetry

11:30   The Annual Little Gidding Lecture: Seamus Perry, “Eliot, Auden, and the Voices of Christianity”

12:30    Publishing update on The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot and The Letters of T. S. Eliot

12:45    Lunch

2:00     An annual tradition: “My Favorite Eliot,” participants reading from Eliot’s poems

2:30     The Reverend Richard Coles in conversation with Adam Begley on Eliot’s spirituality

3:30      Actor George Blagden reading “Little Gidding”

4:00      Afternoon tea, followed by departure

Monday 9 July

9:30                             Ronald Schuchard, “Eliot’s Intellectual Soul: Sceptical Mind, Spiritual Will”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Dame Hermione Lee, “‘That is not what I mean at all’: Stoppard and Eliot”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

                                    Free evening in London / Social gathering in The Lamb.

Tuesday 10 July

9:30                             Frances Dickey, “Sensation, Memory, and the Colour Line in Eliot’s St. Louis”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           John Haffenden, “‘Literary Dowsing’: Valerie Eliot and the Editing of The Waste Land”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

Wednesday 11 July

9:30                             William Marx, “‘My words echo thus’: Eliot at Bergson’s Lectures”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Anthony Cuda, “Reasons to be Late: Eliot, Narrative, and Belatedness”

12:15                           Lunch (generously sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press)

14:00-15:30                 Seminars                            

Thursday 12 July

9:30                             John Xiros Cooper, “Leaving Europe: Dunkirk, Brexit, and Eliot’s Four Quartets

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Jahan Ramazani, “T. S. Eliot, (Un)Translatability, and World Poetry”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars       

Friday 13 July

9:30                             Hannah Sullivan, “Eliot and the Art of Abandonment”

10:30                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Mark Ford, “Eliot’s London”

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

18:30                           Dame Carol Ann Duffy, Poetry reading and signing. At the London Library, 14 St. James’s Square; followed by a reception

Saturday 14 July - Trip to Burnt Norton

9:00                             Departure for Burnt Norton (from International Hall)

12:00-16:00                 Picnic and walking the grounds and dry pools of Burnt Norton. Reading of Burnt Norton

The Annual Burnt Norton Lecture: Lyndall Gordon, “‘What might have been and what has been’: Eliot and Women”; followed by a panel discussion; departure for London.


Sunday 15 July

Updated itinerary:

11:00                 Optional: Solemn High Mass at St. Magnus Martyr, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DN

12:00                 Optional: Unreal City Walking Tour (Note: time correction) Meet at Monument Tube Station for walking tour of Eliot’s City of London; cross London Bridge for feast and farewells at the George Inn. Please bring a bottle of water and a hat. We plan to stop to read relevant portions of The Waste Land in situ. Please tell Carey if you would like to read verses in your native language.   

Led by Carey Karmel and Mark Storey.