J H Prynne Gives Judith E Wilson Poetry Lecture, 2016

Image credit: J H Prynne http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/JH-Prynne.jpeg

Mr J H Prynne gives the Judith E Wilson Poetry Lecture, 2016,  at 5pm on Thursday 5 May.  The title of the lecture is ‘Reading Kazoo’.  The venue is Little Hall, Sidgwick Site.  All are welcome.

Enquiries: Drew Milne – agm33@cam.ac.uk

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee Awarded Leverhulme Fellowship for 2016/17

Image credit: Hernando Colón, Biblioteca Colombina, Sevilla http://www.icolombina.es/colombina/
Image credit: Hernando Colón, Biblioteca Colombina, Sevilla http://www.icolombina.es/colombina/

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee has been awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship for 2016/2017 to work on his next project: The Life and Library of Columbus’ Bastard Son.

Hernando Colón, son of Columbus the explorer, was the collector of the first great library of the print age, the core of which survives today as the Biblioteca Colombina within Seville cathedral.

The project is a collaboration between the Centre for Material Texts, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, and Grupo Hum 383 of the University of Granada (Translation and Literature). A pilot stage of this project was the recipient in 2013 of a Cambridge Humanities Research Grant

Dr Ross Wilson on Byron at Trinity (and Other Things) on BBC Radio 4

Image credit: Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_Byron
Image credit: Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall

In ‘Lords and Sizars’, Episode 5 of Scenes from Student Life, Dr Wilson talks to recent graduate Ellie Cawthorne about Byron’s time at Trinity College and the class divide between student privilege and poor sizars in Byron’s time and today.

CMT Exhibition Space: Something New: Shakespeare in Eastern Africa

“Something New: Shakespeare in Eastern Africa” is an exhibition with just a few tantalizing samples of the extraordinary Shakespearean stories, texts, and events that have formed part of East African history over the past century and a half. Shakespearean works accompanied Victorian expeditions into the interior as their only reading, were among the first printed texts in Swahili, served as the backbone of a newly recovered theatrical culture in Mombasa, and were read, translated and performed by freedom fighters, leaders of independent nations, and prisoners of war. This exhibition charts the rich and strange transformation of Shakespeare in just one of the many parts of the globe that have made him theirs.

You can see this exhibition on the first floor landing of the English Faculty Building.

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee at the Stratford Literary Festival, 29 April 2016

Image credit: William Collins
Image credit: William Collins

Dr Edward Wilson-Lee is at the Stratford Literary Festival on 29 April, taking part in ‘For All time – The Global Reach of Shakespeare’.  In  discussion, Dr Wilson-Lee, Bennet Brandreth and Gabriel Josipovici explore the extraordinary reach of Shakespeare’s global legacy, and look at how he is interpreted in wildly differing cultures.

Dr Wilson-Lee also appears on the BBC’s Focus on Africa at 6.30 pm (GMT) on 22 April.

‘ART / MONEY / CRISIS’ Conference at the Faculty of English and CRASSH, 29-30 April, 2016


The English Faculty hosts several forums from ART / MONEY / CRISIS, an international two-day conference based at CRASSH.  The conference timetable includes artistic practitioners and academic speakers from disciplines including literature, sociology, economics, visual arts, cultural studies, anthropology, history, music, and politics.

ART / MONEY / CRISIS features contributions from Faculty of English members Professor Steven Connor, Professor Peter de Bolla, Dr Alex Houen, and Jeremy Hardingham.  The event’s convenors, Alice Meyer and Claire Wilkinson, are PhD students in English.
For more information, or to book, please visit http://artmoneycrisis.wordpress.com

Faculty of English Library and UL: Event for 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

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Image credit: Cambridge University Library

An all-ages event, with a special pop-up exhibition of Shakespeare-related materials.  Come and hear (very) short informal talks by researchers in the Faculty of English on subjects ranging from the myth of Richard III, illustrated Shakespeare, women editing Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in Swaziland, illustrated by a wide range of items from the University Library’s holdings, and interrupted by actors.  Encounter Shakespeare in ways you haven’t thought of before…

Saturday 23 April, 2pm to 4pm, Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library.  Free drop-in event.

Professor Page Plenary Talk on Performance, Imagination and the Early-Romantic Guitar

imgres-1Professor Christopher Page will be a keynote speaker at a conference on Performing Knowledge being held at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge on April 25-26, 2016. Bringing together performing musicians engaging in practice-led research, ethnographers of Western art music, and psychologists specialising in tacit knowledge research, this two-day conference explores performers’ interpretative processes and their uses of tacit knowledge (also called implicit, procedural, or embodied knowledge) in understanding the explicit knowledge presented in historical documents, analyses, and performance treatises. Professor Page will be delivering a paper on ‘Performance, Imagination and the Early-Romantic Guitar’.

Dr Laura Wright: Shakespeare 400 Talk at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, London

Shakespeare memorial, St Andrew by the Wardrobe Parish Church
Shakespeare memorial, St Andrew by the Wardrobe Parish Church

Dr Wright talks on Shakespearean actors and their linguistic – and addictive – legacy at St Andrew by the Wardrobe Parish Church, London, on Monday April 25, 2016. This talk forms part of events at the church to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and celebrate his links with the parish. Shakespeare worked close by at the Blackfriars Theatre for at least 15 years and would have known the medieval church well. He eventually bought a house in Ireland Yard, which was also in St Andrew’s parish.

Before the talk there will be a service following a format that Shakespeare would have recognised, with music by The English Chamber Choir.