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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.

Durham Book Festival

Literary Letters

5th October 2019, 11:00 to 12:00, 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.

In the words of John Donne, ‘More than kisses, letters mingle souls’. The archives of Palace Green Library hold letters written by some of the most significant literary figures of the modern age, and this session offers the chance to read them in their original form and discuss the stories that bring them to life.

From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modernists and beyond, we’ll be dipping into the correspondence between some of canonical writers of the Western literary tradition.

This is just one of more than 80 events taking place during Durham Book Festival. Visit the website for the full programme.

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Research in English At Durham (READ) blog showcasing the the literary research emerging from the Department of English Studies


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