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Centre for Poetry and Poetics

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics at Durham University promotes the reading, writing and editing of poetry from classical antiquity to the present, as well as the critical exploration of current issues and ideas in literary theory. It incorporates and builds upon the work of the Basil Bunting Poetry Centre, encouraging new research on the valuable Bunting Archive and other important archival collections in the Palace Green Library

The Centre for Poetry and Poetics supports a strong tradition of live poetry events in Durham, including a series of readings each year at Durham Book Festival, for which it appoints the Book Festival Laureate. The Book Festival Laureate for 2017 is Andrew McMillan. The Centre has a University-wide membership and a lively programme of readings, seminars and lectures.

Discovering Dante

14th October 2017, 17:30 to 18:30, Palace Green Library, Michael O'Neill, Jason Harding, Nicola Gardini

Look around you and the influence of medieval poet Dante Alighieri is everywhere. For centuries his work has inspired artists and writers from Botticelli to Dan Brown. Join this Durham Book Festival event to discuss Dante’s enduring popularity and the influence of his work in culture today.

A new exhibition at Palace Green Library will follow the story of Dante’s The Divine Comedy. Reflecting the entire human experience, Dante’s work considers the power of resilience through difficult times and ultimately offers a message of hope.

Durham University academics Professor Michael O’Neill and Dr Jason Harding will be joined by Professor Nicola Gardini of Keble College, Oxford, to discuss Dante’s enduring popularity and the influence of his work in culture today.

Chaired by Professor Annalisa Cipollone, Durham University.

Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante opens 18 November 2017 at Palace Green Library.

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