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The Annual TS Eliot Lecture 2013, November 2013
Details of this year’s TS Eliot Lecture have now been released.
Given by Dr Rowan Williams, Patron of the Society, the title of the Lecture is Eliot’s Christian Society and the current political crisis.
The Lecture will be given in the Riley Auditorium, The Gillespie Centre, Clare College, Cambridge, at 7pm on 26th November. For full details, click on the poster (left)
Admission is free to all, but members of the TS Eliot Society are accorded special advance booking privileges, which are detailed in the Members’ Area of the site.
Eliot College Lecture, University of Kent: Patrick Heron’s Portraits of TS Eliot, November 2013
Between 1947 and 1950, Patrick Heron, one of the greatest British painters of the Twentieth Century, made fourteen portraits of TS Eliot. Nuzhat Bukhari’s lecture explores the implications of these portraits (recently exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, for Eliot scholarship.
One of the paintings, permanently housed at Kent University (right) will be present during the lecture. The others will be shown on screen. There will also be an opportunity to see the Epstein bust of Eliot, recently bequeathed to the college (see News).
For full details of the lecture, click here.
Premier Radio to broadcast Four Quartets for National Poetry Day, September 2013
From Sept 29th to Oct 3rd, Premier Christian Radio will broadcast readings of each of Eliot’s Four Quartets. The readers include our patron, the Rt Rev Dr Rowan Williams, and our Chairman, Hugh Black-Hawkins.
The readings will be followed, on National Poetry Day (Oct 3rd) by a panel discussion, including previous Eliot Festival participants Lyndall Gordon and Lord Harries.
Premier Christian Radio broadcasts nationally on DAB and Freeview 725. It is also available at www.premier.org.uk.
Full details of the event, with participants, readings and discussion, are here.
Vivienne, August 2013
An operatic song cycle, dramatically and intimately staged, based on the life of Eliot’s first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood. “This is Vivienne’s life told in a series of short scenes each containing a song. There are hints of cabaret or music hall (a favorite of both Eliots), perhaps something seedier or grander, full of Vivienne’s wit and intelligence as she finally takes charge of her own story”. The libretto is fascinating for anyone with a knowledge of Eliot’s life and work. Full details here.
Following its successful premiere, there are performance dates in August, October and November – full performance schedule here.
Tickets for the Bloomsbury Festival performance on October 17th are available here.
Exhibition – Poetry in Print, August 2013
An exhibition of limited edition prints by Nic Farrell featuring quotations from TS Eliot. At the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrews Street, CB2 3AR from 13th August, until “at least” 19th September. Private View details here, pictures of the works in progress here.
Other Eliots: Contemporary Trends in TS Eliot Studies, August 2013
A postgraduate conference has been announced, to take place at the University of Birmingham on 18th April, 2014. It “seeks to draw attention to the multifarious research into Eliot’s life and work which is currently being undertaken.” The organisers welcome papers from postgraduate and early career researchers which address all areas of Eliot studies. Full details are here.
Lecture: Portraits of TS Eliot, National Portrait Gallery, 8 August 2013
Marking the display of the many sketches and paintings of the poet TS Eliot by Patrick Heron, Nuzhat Bukhari discusses the fascinating relationship between poet and painter, the nature and importance of these experimental portrait works in art history, their relevance to Eliot’s poetry and some wider notions of the self in philosophy. Full details here.
TS Eliot’s India: Many Gods, Many Voices, BBC Radio 4, Sunday 4 August 2013
Poet Daljit Nagra explores the often overlooked Indian element to T.S Eliot’s poetry. Partly recorded at this year’s TS Eliot Festival, where Daljit was a reader, the programme begins with the backdrop of the Festival itself. (Sadly this programme is no longer available to hear online.)
Eighth Annual TS Eliot Festival, Little Gidding, 6-7 July 2013
Click on the image above to see a larger version – or click here for a printable PDF
Burnt Norton hosts performances of As You Like It, June 2013
A series of charity performances of Shakespeare’s As You Like It provide a rare opportunity to visit the gardens of Burnt Norton.
BurntOut Theatre have scheduled a series of matinee and evening performances from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June; audiences are allowed to wander the gardens for an hour and a half before performances.
Jeremy Irons to read Four Quartets at Hay Festival, May 2013
Jeremy Irons is to read Four Quartets, in their entirety, at the Hay Festival on Saturday 1st June 2013. For details click here. Irons, who has previously recorded The Waste Land, talked to the Daily Telegraph about reading Eliot here.
Jacob Epstein bust of TS Eliot on display, April 2013
A rarely-seen 1951 bust of TS Eliot is on display at the National Portrait Gallery, London (Room 33) until November 24th, as part of an exhibition, Jacob Epstein, Portrait Sculptor. Admission is free.
Manuscript sale, Bonhams, 10th April 2013
A major sale of Poetical Manuscripts and Portraits of Poets includes several items of interest to Eliot enthusiasts.
Chief amongst these is a typescript of Journey of the Magi, dating from 1927, with revisions to the poem in Eliot’s hand. The page is signed with the poet’s initials, and has an estimate of £6-8000. UPDATE: This typescript was sold on the night for a remarkable £44,450 – more than six times its estimate.
The sale also includes several photographs, including those of rare meetings between Eliot and Auden (est £2-3000) and between Eliot and Hughes (est £1200-1800)
Earlier, on 19th March, Bonhams are also auctioning correspondence between Eliot and Methuen concerning publication of The Sacred Wood (est £2-3000); and a First Edition of Four Quartets, signed by TS Eliot (est £1000-1500)
The Institute of English Studies, University of London is hosting the fifth annual TS Eliot International Summer School between 6-14 July 2013. Applications are now open.
Anyone with an interest in his writings is welcome to participate in this week-long celebration of Eliot’s life and work by some of the most eminent scholars, poets and teachers.
In addition to the academic programme, the School visits Little Gidding (during the Eliot Festival), Burnt Norton and East Coker.
Enquiries, registration and programme information are available here
Reading of Four Quartets, Michaelhouse, Cambridge, February 2013
Patrick Heron: Studies for a portrait of TS Eliot National Portrait Gallery (Room 32), St Martin’s Place, London, 26 January-1 September 2013 (Admission free)
Heron’s 1949 portrait of T.S. Eliot is shown alongside rarely seen studies: from life-drawings to experiments in form and colour, revealing the process of abstraction for which the artist is best known. A Daily Telegraph article on the exhibition and its contents can be read here and two of the most interesting, previously unseen studies can be viewed at the foot of the curator’s blog here.
Annual TS Eliot Cambridge Lecture 2012
Details have been announced of this year’s Annual TS Eliot Cambridge Lecture, to be delivered by Dr Jeremy Noel-Tod on 14th November. For full details click here.
Waste Land – an exhibition by Sally Waterman at the Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, 3-27 October 2012
Waterman employs literary adaptation as a mechanism for self-portraiture, producing photographic and video works that explore memory, place and familial relationships. Waste Land draws upon Eliot’s The Waste Land; Waterman re-interprets the poem to retrieve memories of conflict and separation.
Society members are invited to a Q&A session with the artist at the exhibition on 27 October – see the Members Area for details.
TS Eliot: A leader on the Mythical Path, 7 October 2012
The Right Rev’d David Walker, Bishop of Dudley, preaches in the Chapel, St John’s College, Cambridge
You can listen to a recording of this here.
Celebratory TS Eliot Lecture, University of Kent, 26 September 2012
To commemorate the anniversary of Eliot’s birth, Professor Ken Pickering will be giving an evening lecture entitled “In the presence of a masterpiece”, on the background of Murder in the Cathedral. Open to all, drinks to follow; full details here.
Meeting with Archbishop Rowan Williams at Lambeth Palace, September 2012
A small number of members were invited to Lambeth Palace to meet the Society’s patron, Archbishop Rowan Williams. Among the topics discussed were the relative merits of Eliot’s earlier and later poetry; His Grace believes the later poetry to be more “worked” than the earlier. A photograph of the meeting is in the Members Area.
TS Eliot’s words to “emerge” in unique Thames Festival installation, September 2012
Fragments from The Waste Land are being “written” on the Thames’ riverside walkway, as part of a new art installation.
Adult Course, Literature and Creative Writing – Marlborough Summer School, August 2012
Two Great Modern Poets: TS Eliot and WH Auden – With Susan Abbott
East Coker TS Eliot Event, 15 July 2012
TS Eliot International Summer School University of London, 7-15 July 2012
The fourth annual T.S. Eliot International Summer School will again bring together a host of the most distinguished international scholars of T.S. Eliot and Modern literature.
Seventh Annual TS Eliot Festival, Little Gidding, 7-8 July 2012
Talks, readings, music and celebration, with a significant programme of speakers and events, all taking place at Little Gidding itself.
Forthcoming publication: The Letters of TS Eliot Vol 3 – 1926-1927 5 July 2012
Eliot’s Little Gidding Day, 3 July 2012
On location in Little Gidding, Graham Fawcett will attempt to recreate Eliot’s own experience of this place, and to unravel the poem.
Unreal City: A Walk Through London’s Waste Land, London, 23 June 2012
A guided walk inspired by Eliot’s poem
(This walk was subsequently reported in The Guardian here.
The Cocktail Party, Performed by Theatre Alba
The Netherbow Theatre, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, 15 & 16 June 2012
Reading Group: Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Kensington Unitarians, London W8 22 May 2012
TS Eliot and the Dry Salvages, Poetry Day, Orthona, West Dorset 12 May 2012
With Graham Fawcett
Tutored course: The Development of TS Eliot’s Faith, Norwich Cathedral, 5 May 2012
with Hugh Black-Hawkins
TS Eliot Poetry Evening, Guildford Cathedral, 21 April 2012
An evening on Four Quartets presented by Kevin Laue
Public Lecture: The Beauties of TS Eliot, 7 Feb 2012, Durham University
A lecture by Dr Seamus Perry, University of Oxford, in The Persistence of Beauty Lecture Series