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The Poetry of Things 24th October

*The Poetry of Things*

24th  October 3:30-6:30pm,
*Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA*

Join us for an afternoon of poetry readings and discussion as Gillian
Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Sean Borodale and Jo Shapcott talk about their
recent experiences as poets in residence with the Thresholds project in
the University of Cambridge Museums and collections. The poets will be
in conversation with Professors Isobel Armstrong and Steven Connor.
Drinks afterwards.
The Thresholds project coincides with a growing interest in the way that
fiction represents objects and the physical world. Questions are being
asked about how writing mediates objects, the relationship between the
verbal, visual and material and the social life of things. This event
offers an opportunity hear poets and literary scholars consider these
questions and to join in with the discussion!
To read the four poems that will be discussed during this event visit and search under Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz
Dharker, Sean Borodale and Jo Shapcott.
For more information contact Vicky Mills


Clare Hall Literary Talks 2013-1014


Pattern2We are pleased to announce a new series of literary talks hosted by Clare Hall. These will take place once or twice a term, and aim to introduce us to some of the most interesting contemporary British writers.


 All welcome. Bring a friend. Enjoy a glass of wine, a literary reading and talk, and a lively discussion.

For further information please contact Dr Trudi Tate,




  •  Ali Smith, Fri 8 November 2013, 6 p.m.
  •  Francis Spufford, Wed 18 December 2013, 6 p.m.
  •  Suzanne Joinson, Wed 8 January 2014, 6 p.m.
  •  Susan Sellers, Fri 14 February, 6 p.m.
  •  Olivia Laing, Wedn 23 April 2014, 6 p.m.
  •  Rachel Calder, Literary agent, Frid 20 June 2014


The 2013 Poetry Celebration for Kathleen Raine

The 2013 Poetry Celebration for Kathleen Raine
Girton College, Cambridge
12 October
The Stanley Library and Old Hall, Girton College
Doors open 6pm
Readings at 6.45pm
Concludes 8.30pm
£8 or £6 Members / Concessions (includes refreshments)
Readings from: Sebastian Barker, Hilary Davies, Jane Draycott, Malcolm Guite, James Harpur, Grevel Lindop, Clive Wilmer

Further Information and Reservations

Dear World & Everyone In It: poetry reading on 6th Sept

dear-world-everyone-in-it-new-poetry-in-the-uk-194x300Five poets whose work appears in Dear World & Everyone In It: New Poetry in the UK (Bloodaxe, 2013) – Ágnes Lehóczky, Éireann Lorsung, Sandeep Parmar, Eileen Pun and Marcus Slease – are joined by UK editor/poet Nathan Hamilton, and US editor/poet James Cihlar, for a reading and discussion of literary migration, cross-pollination, belonging and alienation at the British Library’s Eccles Centre on 6th Sept.

David Lehman poetry reading


David Lehman is the award-winning author of eight books of poetry,
editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry, and series editor of the
Best of American Poetry series for Scribners. He teaches in the
graduate writing program at the New School in New York.

He will be reading poems from his new collection in the Master's Lodge,
Clare College Old Court, on Tuesday April 23rd at 5.30.

The reading will be followed by a drinks reception. All are welcome. If
possible, let Sophie King ( know that you intend to come
- or just turn up.
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