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Our Poetry and Our Needs: A Symposium

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The Museum of English Rural Life

6 Redlands Road

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The Department of English Literature, University of Reading, Two Rivers Press, Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre, and the International Poetry Studies Institute (University of Canberra) present 'Our Poetry and Our Needs, A Symposium'.

All are very welcome to attend this free day-long symposium, which will feature an international group of poets and academics. Please note that the Symposium runs from 9.30am-5.30pm, with the poetry reading beginning at 6pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Prof Steven Matthews.

Our Poetry and Our Needs: A Symposium and Reading

9.30: Registration (Conference Room, MERL)

10.00am: Introductory Remarks by Peter Robinson

10.15am: Panel 1 - ‘And you’re not listening to a word I say (Denise Riley)

What is the relation between a poet’s identity and the authority to speak, and what role does a readership have in that relation?

Chair: Steven Matthews

Kate Behrens
Kate Clanchy
James Peake
Julian Stannard

11.15am: Coffee

11.30am: Panel 2 - ‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant’ (Emily Dickinson)

How is the telling of truths achieved in poetry, and why is obliquity thought to be essential to any such achievement?

Chair: Yasmine Shamma

Jerome Cox-Strong
Tim Dooley
Paul Hetherington
Ian House

1.00pm: Lunch

1.45pm: Panel 3 - ‘Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose’ (John Keats)

Does poetry come out of feeling? What kinds of feeling? Can poetry treat feeling? Is there a relation between the feeling it comes out of and the feeling it treats?

Chair: Niall Munro

Cassandra Atherton
Kate Coles
Lesley Saunders
Jen Webb

2.45pm: Coffee

3.00pm: Panel 4 - ‘A sad and angry consolation’ (Geoffrey Hill)

How can the writing and reading of poetry be a solace o rconsole? How can poetry’s pattern-making find and shape thought or feeling?

Chair: Conor Carville

Anthony Caleshu
Susie Campbell
Kate Noakes
Yasmine Shamma

4.30-5.30pm - Drinks Reception

6pm: An International Poetry Evening hosted by Claire Dyer
In the MERL foyer café

Featuring: Cassandra Atherton, Kate Behrens, Anthony Caleshu, Conor Carville, Kate Coles, Paul Hetherington, James Peake, Lesley Saunders, Julian Stannard, and Jen Webb.


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