Literature, Classics and Class: A Performance Event at the British Academy

5.00pm to 7.30pm, followed by a reception
Thursday, 1 July 2010
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1

From the Academy’s Event Notice:
‘On the evening of July 1st, Peggy Reynolds, Reader in English Literature at Queen Mary University of London and presenter of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Adventures in Poetry’ will chair a special event featuring an unprecedented programme of poetry and prose which vividly brings to life the role of the Greek and Roman Classics in the history of class consciousness. Tony Harrison, last year awarded the inaugural Pen/Pinter prize for his ‘unmistakable and passionate voice’, is a classically educated poet who has never forgotten his working-class roots and has used classical authors to forge an inclusive public poetry. He will read selected poems from The School of Eloquence, Loiners, Under the Clock, and The Gaze of the Gorgon and extracts from his translations, plays and films, including The Oresteia, The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus and Prometheus.

In part two, actors Alice Barclay and Simon Muller from ‘Live Canon’, a touring ensemble which performs poetry in the English Language, along with the storyteller and blogger Stephe Harrop, will perform extracts from works by the ‘Chartist Rhymer’ Ernest Jones, the Abolitionist Poet Edward Rushton, the ‘milkmaid of Bristol’ Anne Yearsley, Robert Burns, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Charles Kingsley, Thomas Hardy, Siegfried Sassoon, Kenneth Burke, Bertolt Brecht, Anne Stevenson, Louis MacNeice, W.H. Auden and Iain Crichton Smith.’

Entry is free but registration is required.


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