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Literature Week 2013

British Academy Literature Week 2013


Celebrate a week of literature with the British Academy

Join leading writers and academics as they come together for a festival of talks, lectures and debates on different aspects of writing and authorship; organised in partnership with the University of London’s Institute of English Studies with support from the Royal Society of Literature and the Times Literary Supplement.

The British Academy’s biennial Literature Week is a feast of free public events.  Highlights include an exclusive Shakespeare evening at the world-famous 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 will also feature, and there will be poetry readings by Alice Oswald and Anne Stevenson as well as a special event on W.B.Yeats at the Irish Embassy.

During the week there will be a small exhibition by the paper sculptor Justin Rowe celebrating the art of books.

Monday 20 May 2013
Yeats's Mother Tongue
Panel Discussion, 6.00pm (venue: Irish Embassy)

Tuesday 21 May 2013
What can those who teach and study Shakespeare learn from those who perform his plays – and vice-versa?
In Conversation event, 6.00pm (venue: Shakespeare's Globe)

Wednesday 22 May 2013
Imitations of Christ in 17th-century France: Some attendant difficulties
Lecture in Modern Languages, by Professor Richard Parish, 6.00pm

Wednesday 22 May 2013
Poetry and Rivers / Alice Oswald
Warton Lecture on English Poetry, by Professor Hugh Haughton, 6.00pm (venue: Senate House, University of London)

Thursday 23 May 2013
Anne Stevenson at 80 / Where is British Poetry Today?
In Conversation event, 6.00pm

Monday 20 to Friday 24 May 2013
Turning the Page
Exhibition of work by Justin Rowe