TS Eliot Festival 2017

UPDATE: The actor Jeremy Irons, known for his readings of TS Eliot’s poetry on stage and on BBC Radio 4, has been added to this year’s Festival line-up. This will be a unique opportunity to hear Jeremy Irons reading Little Gidding at Little Gidding.



Sunday 9th July 2017 at Little Gidding

In the centenary year of TS Eliot’s first published collection, Prufrock and Other Observations, the 12th annual TS Eliot Festival, an inspirational day of talks, readings, and discussions, will take place at Little Gidding on Sunday, 9th July 2017.

The Festival takes place in the garden of Ferrar House at Little Gidding, the church which inspired the last of Eliot’s Four Quartets, and which is open to visitors on the day.

In addition to the programme of Eliot-related events, morning coffee, a two-course buffet lunch, and afternoon tea will be served.

Featuring talks and poetry, conversation and debate, lovely food and music, the T S Eliot Festival is a delightful celebration of Eliot and of Little Gidding, and a chance to meet other Eliot enthusiasts.



10.30 Doors open, Coffee

11.00 Welcome

11.10 The celebrated novelist Ali Smith will read The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and discuss the poem with biographer Adam Begley

11.40 Talk by Robert Crawford, author of Young Eliot: From St Louis to The Waste Land, and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews, on Prufrock: Moments and Momentum

12.40 Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory University, will give an update on recent Eliot publications

12.50 Lunch

14.00 An annual tradition continues: “My favourite Eliot”, with contributions from the audience

14.30 Marjorie Perloff, scholar-in-residence and Florence Scott Professor of English Emerita at the University of Southern California, will deliver the Eliot Society lecture on Four Quartets

15.30 Jeremy Irons, actor and celebrated reader of TS Eliot, reads Little Gidding at Little Gidding

16.00 Tea


All-day Ticket: £40 (including all refreshments)

Members of the TS Eliot Society and the Friends of Little Gidding: £30

Students: £20

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(On the Select Tickets page, Members of the TS Eliot Society should click on Enter Promotional Code, and enter their Member Password in order to obtain their discount.)




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