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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.

Tuesday 24 October 2017

Composers of Architecture: Walpole and Beckford

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside Room 141, Marion Harney (University of Bath)

Horace Walpole and William Beckford were two highly original architects and writers. Wander through the built world of the eighteenth century at this free public lecture, part of the series Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 31 October 2017

Creativity and Collaboration: The Case of The Mysterious Mother

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Dale Townshend (Manchester Metropolitan University)

With its themes of incest and horror, Horace Walpole's gothic drama was certainly compelling. Explore more in this free public lecture from our Walpole and His Legacies series. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Monday 6 November 2017

Visible Identities: Symbolic Codes from Personal Heraldry to Corporate Logos

10:00am to 5:45pm, Society of Antiquaries, London

This conference at the Society of Antiquaries of London will consider ways in which identity since c. 1100 has been, and continues to be, expressed in outward visible formats, principally heraldry.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 7 November 2017

Walpole, Catholicism, and the Visual Arts

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Clare Haynes (University of East Anglia)

Discover how Horace Walpole brought Catholic culture back into fashion in Britain, at this lecture in our series Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 14 November 2017

Greenth

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Stephen Bending (University of Southampton)

The word 'greenth' sounds like an oddity, but this lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series will show how it unlocks key ideas about the politics and attitudes of the eighteenth century and our own time. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 21 November 2017

Walpole, Burney, and the Tragedy of Incest

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Gillian Skinner (Durham University)

Find out how Horace Walpole's 'truly dreadful' drama inspired the work of the later writer, Frances Burney, at this free public lecture in our Walpole and His Legacies series. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Wednesday 22 November 2017

War Poets

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Ushaw College, Stephen Regan

At this poignant time of the year, Professor Stephen Regan and his friends read extracts from some of the most moving poetry ever written. Light supper included in the price.

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


Saturday 25 November 2017

The Dance of Death

Lost Voices from the North-East

3:30pm to 4:30pm, Concert Hall, Palace Green

Listen in to echoes from the past, when All Hallows’ Eve struck fear in people’s souls! With Hector Sequera, Barbara Ravelhofer, musicians, singers, a dragon, and a wild horse.

Contact barbara.ravelhofer@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 28 November 2017

Walpole, Vampires, and the Undead

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Nick Groom (University of Exeter)

Venture into the origins of vampire novels in this lecture from our series on Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 5 December 2017

Walpole’s Dimunitions

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Fiona Robertson (Durham University)

Despite being an important figure in his own time, Horace Walpole suffered put-downs from later writers and thinkers. Why? Find out at this free public lecture from our series Horace Walpole and his Legacies. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


Tuesday 12 December 2017

Monstrum: The Castle of Otranto, Gothic Fiction and the Origins of Genre

6:15pm to 7:15pm, Elvet Riverside 141, Fred Botting (Kingston University)

When he subtitled his novel The Castle of Otranto as a 'Gothic story', Horace Walpole could have little realised that he would give life to the genre that remains popular to this day. This free public lecture will look at where the Gothic came from. Join the conversation via #WalpoleLegacies.

Contact fiona.robertson@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.


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