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Durham University

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 25 September 2019

Listening to Survive: Classical Music, Conflict, and Identity in the Contemporary Novel

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Katie Harling-Lee

Since novels are written for the eye not the ear, how can fiction be written about music? Katie Harling-Lee will think about the meaning of music in several recent novels, in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from members of the public to schools to academics.

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


Wednesday 2 October 2019

Middle Ground: The Geographic and Linguistic Identity of the American Midwest

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Molly Becker

The Midwest is often seen as the heartland of America - and writers played a large part in constructing this sense of its significance. Molly Becker will map the regional and geographic identities of American fiction in this Late Summer Lecture. Free and open to all, from students and schools to members of the public.

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


Saturday 5 October 2019

Durham Book Festival

Literary Letters

11:00am to 12:00pm, Palace Green Library, Dr Laura Mckenzie

Join our own Dr Laura McKenzie for a tour through the archives of famous writers, at this Durham Book Festival event.


The Poetry and Music of Science

4:30pm to 5:30pm, Palace Green Library, Tom Mcleish and Patricia Waugh

Professor Tom McLeish and Professor Patricia Waugh debate the two cultures of science and art, and how they are both ultimately creative subjects. Part of Durham Book Festival.


Wednesday 9 October 2019

'Demons, Vikings, Pagans and Terror in the Early Middle Ages' and 'Political Violence: Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Kamila Shamsie's Home Fire'

5:30pm to 6:30pm, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Alex Jordan and Nadia Terki

The final event in Late Summer Lectures 2019 will feature a pair of talks about terror in literature, past and present. Free and open to all, from students and schools to academics.

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


Durham Book Festival

The Porpoise

7:00pm to 8:00pm, Gala Theatre, Mark Haddon and Simon James

Mark Haddon's introduces his new novel, Porpoise, in conversation with Professor Simon James. A Durham Book Festival event.


Saturday 12 October 2019

Durham Book Festival

Showcase

2:30pm to 3:30pm, St Chad's College Chapel, Naomi Booth and Sunjeev Sahota

Meet two of the talented authors who are new arrivals to our Department, at this Durham Book Festival event.


Durham Book Festival

Tübingen Exchange

2:30pm to 3:30pm, Durham Town Hall, Jasmine Simms and Marcus Hammerschmitt

Recent Durham English graduate and poet Jasmine Simms and German author Marcus Hammerschmitt share their impressions of the twin cities of Durham and Tübingen, in this Durham Book Festival conversation.


Durham Book Festival

Festival Laureate

4:00pm to 5:00pm, St Chad's College Chapel, Raymond Antrobus and Stephen Regan

The Durham Book Festival Poet Laureate reads from his celebrated work, as well as sharing a new poem specially commissioned for the Festival.


Sunday 13 October 2019

Durham Book Festival

Brooklyn

4:00pm to 5:00pm, Gala Theatre, Colm Tóibín and Stephen Regan

The 2019 Durham Book Festival big read is Colm Tóibín's Brooklyn. Hear from the author himself at this event chaired by Professor Stephen Regan.


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