Our English Literature events listing for October 2015 is out now.
Top billing goes to Durham Book Festival, which features over fifty talks, readings and debates from renowned novelists, poets and other authors. Several of the events are now sold out, but pf those that remain particular highlights include the premiere of a song cycle inspired by the poet W.H. Auden, written by Sean O’Brien in association with Royal Northern Sinfonia; the chance to meet the Festival’s poet laureate, Sinéad Morrissey; and readings from the very best of Northern poetry, new poetry, dead poetry, and disinformed poetry (follow the links for explanations!).
We haven’t been able to list everything in our newsletter, so we suggest you head over the to Festival website to see everything that is going on.
Beyond the Festival, there are lots of other fascinating talks and discussions to get involved in. The final Late Summer Lecture takes us for a Knight at the Movies, looking at how medieval notions of fellowship are evoked in films like Lord of the Rings. Continuing the fantasy theme, October also sees the start of a series of Institute of Advanced Study events on ghosts, commencing with a talk on the ghostly language of William Wordsworth and continuing with a discussion of the writer M.R. James.
From looking into the otherworldly, to looking back in time, the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies hosts the ninth annual History of the Book lecture, with an insight into medieval manuscripts from Germany. At Newcastle, the annual Poetry Society lecture sees Rita Dove considering poetry, music and the underside of history.
And as the Autumn of mists and fruitfulness draws in, conclude the month with a journey in weatherland led by Alexandra Harris.