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Department of English Studies

Events

We host a large number of conferences, lectures and seminars each year, many of them open to the public. Subscribe to our monthly North East Literature Events newsletter and we'll keep you posted. If you are a staff member or student and want to publicise your event, contact alistair.brown@durham.ac.uk.

Wednesday 26 September 2018

'Victims in a Vacuum': Inscribing Identities in Childhood and Deathbed Scenes

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Oliver Hancock and Morven Cook

The Victorians were fond of rather mawkish depictions of the angelic child and deathbed scenes. Not surprisingly, later writers have rebelled against these visions, as this next Late Summer Lecture will demonstrate. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Wednesday 3 October 2018

Behind Gilded Walls: Tales of wonder, the Gothic, and Islamic Mythology in Contemporary Literature

5:30pm to 7:00pm, Alington House, Meriem Rayen Lamara

Our final Late Summer Lecture crosses cultures to explore the how Islamic mythology is used by contemporary Muslim authors to appeal to Muslim and non-Muslim readers alike. Free and open to the public.

Contact latesummerlectures@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Saturday 6 October 2018

Durham Book Festival

The Brontes Revisited

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Palace Green Library, Claire O'Callaghan and Sophie Franklin

Join Claire and Sophie as they discuss the enigmatic Brontë sisters, their works and world, in an event celebrating the bicentenary of Emily’s birth. This event is part of Durham Book Festival.


Sunday 7 October 2018

Faber Poets

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Palace Green Library, Rachael Allen, Sophie Collins and Zaffar Kunial

Join three of Faber’s exciting new poets at this Durham Book Festival reading.


Tuesday 9 October 2018

Michael O’Neill and Jamie McKendrick

6:00pm to 7:00pm, Hatfield College Chapel

Join two award-winning poets for a reading in Hatfield College Chapel, part of Durham Book Festival.

Contact s.r.regan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Thursday 11 October 2018

Literary Birds

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Castle

‘Literary Birds’ celebrates avian literary encounters in their myriad manifestations. The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Armitage.

Contact literarybirdsconference@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Simon Armitage at Chad’s

6:00pm to 7:00pm, St Chad's College

Join award-winning poet Simon Armitage for this intimate reading in the beautiful setting of St Chad’s Chapel.

Contact s.r.regan@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Scaling the Galleries

7:00pm to 9:00pm, The Oriental Museum, Helen Mort

Climb the galleries of the Oriental Museum with award-winning poet Helen Mort, in this Durham Book Festival event.

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Friday 12 October 2018

Literary Birds

9:00am to 5:00pm, Durham Castle

‘Literary Birds’ celebrates avian literary encounters in their myriad manifestations. The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Armitage.

Contact literarybirdsconference@gmail.com for more information about this event.


Melmoth

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Durham Town Hall, Sarah Perry

Join Sarah Perry, author of international bestseller The Essex Serpent, in this Durham Book Festival event. She will talk with Professor Simon James about her new novel Melmoth, a chilling and deeply moving book that speaks urgently to our times.


Saturday 13 October 2018

Murder by the Book: The Crime that Shocked Victorian Literary London

11:30am to 12:30pm, Palace Green Library, Claire Harman

Award-winning biographer Claire Harman dives into the murky world of Victorian London in this Durham Book Festival event.


In Byron's Wake

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Palace Green Library, Miranda Seymour

Discover the lives of Lord Byron's wife and daughter at this Durham Book Festival event.


Sunday 14 October 2018

Zine-Making Workshop

2:00pm to 4:00pm, Palace Green Library, Lois Burke

Use archive collections to inspire your own creative piece of work in this workshop, part of Durham Book Festival.


Lamanby

6:30pm to 7:30pm, Durham Town Hall, Jacob Polley

The Durham Book Festival Laureate for 2018, Jacob Polley, presents Lamanby, a compelling drama of his life in the North.


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