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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

A Celebration of Northern Poetry: Basil Bunting's Birthday

1st March 2017, 15:00 to 21:00, Palace Green Library and Hatfield College Chapel, Tom Pickard and Paul Batchelor

Celebrate the birthday of the great Northumbrian Modernist poet, Basil Bunting, and experience the joys of poetry from the North. Join the Centre for Poetry and Poetics at an afternoon of talks and readings with the Newcastle poet, Tom Pickard, who knew Bunting well and also brought Allen Ginsberg to Newcastle to read in 1973, and with Durham's own Paul Batchelor. All events are free and open to all.

3.00 pm Tom Pickard presents film interviews with Allen Ginsberg, Ed Dorn, and Allen Fisher; Bill Lancaster talks about the Newcastle cultural scene in the 1960s; and Alex Niven talks about Basil Bunting’s letters. Palace Green Library, Learning Centre.

5.00 pm Basil Bunting’s Briggflatts: group reading of the poem in full. Hatfield College Chapel.

7.00 pm Tom Pickard and Paul Batchelor: Poetry Reading. Palace Green Library Café, with wine reception.

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