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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series

Inventions of the Text complements our Research Seminar series. Inventions is organised by a team of postgraduate researchers, and combines papers by academics from Durham and beyond with presentations by PhD students. Seminars run roughly every couple of weeks during term time, with around eight or nine events a year. After each seminar, attendees are welcome to socialise with the speaker(s) over dinner. They are generally for University staff and students, although sometimes open to the public.

Forthcoming Inventions of the Text Seminars

Wendy Moore Poster

Wedlock: The disastrous marriage and triumphant divorce of Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore

15th April 2015, 16:30 to 18:00, Williams Library, St Chad's College, Wendy Moore

An Inventions of the Text lecture.

We are delighted to have award-winning author Wendy Moore join us on April 15th and talk about her book based on the '(in)famous' Mary Eleanor Bowes of County Durham (1749-1800): Wedlock, How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match

Wendy Moore is an author and freelance journalist based in London. She has published three books on characters and events from the 18th century. 

The talk will be followed by book signing and sale of Wendy's books, Wedlock, The Knife Man, and How to Create the Perfect Wife

Please note that the event takes place at a new venue (Williams Library, St Chad's College, 18 North Bailey), and starts at 4.30pm. 

All are very welcome to this event. Tea/coffee/biscuits are provided from 4.00pm. Please help us publicise the event if you could! 

Contact for more information about this event.

Past Inventions of the Text Seminars