University of Cambridge Contemporary Research Group

Month: October 2015 (Page 1 of 2)

28 Oct: Frank McGuinness on Sean O’Casey


The group meets several times a term, generally on Tuesday evenings at
8.45 in the Parlour, Magdalene College.  All are welcome, to individual
sessions or the entire series.  The proceedings are informal, questions
can be asked by those attending or not.

The first session of this year is scheduled, unusually, on a Wednesday:

28 October
8.45 p.m.
The Parlour
Magdalene College

Wine and whiskey served

FRANK McGUINNESS, ‘Rewriting the Easter Rising: Sean O’Casey’s /The
Plough and the Stars/’

Frank McGuinness is a playwright and poet - author of, among other
works, /Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme/,
/Mutabilitie/, and /Someone Who'll Watch Over Me/.  He is the 2014
recipient of the Irish Pen Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish

Any questions to jk10023

28 Oct: Poetry Workshops start

Prof Peter Gizzi, 'Reading / Writing Poetry Workshop', 6 classes, weeks 3-8, Wednesdays, 1-3pm in GR05, English Faculty.

Prof Peter Gizzi, the visiting Judith E Wilson Poetry Fellow, offers an informal reading and writing workshop engaging with vanguard American poetry. The workshop will read and also write out of the texts discussed. Students will be expected to engage in both reading and writing poetry. The workshop will demand a serious interest in contemporary American vanguard poetry and poetics. Numbers may be limited. 

Anyone interested in participating in this workshop is asked to apply by writing to Peter Gizzi, by sending 2-3 pages of their writing to him by email at:
 <> by Sunday, the 26th of October. The first workshop will be on Wednesday 28th October.

23-24 October: ARENA

As part of the Festival of Ideas, a dazzling 24-hour montage of Arena
documentaries made over the past four decades will be shown at various
sites across the City from Friday 23rd October at noon. This can also be
accessed through the following link, should people wish to stream it via
their computers:

A discussion on the subject of public service broadcasting featuring
Arena's Series Producer, Anthony Wall, the BBC's Creative Director, Alan
Yentob, & Professor Georgina Born of Oxford University will be held at
5.00 PM on Saturday 24th October at Lady Mitchell Hall. Everyone is most
welcome to attend.

Further details of both events are available via the Centre for Film and
Screen news page:

Or contact Michael Hrebeniak

24 Oct: Post-Conflict Poetry

*Post-Conflict Poetry: A Cambridge PEN* *event*
/Part of the Festival of Ideas/

Cambridge Student PEN presents poetry out of fractures: post-conflict
writing that has helped to heal the destruction of conflict in Ireland,
the Balkans, Israel and Palestine, and elsewhere. There will be readings
and poems on display. In between readings, audience members will have a
chance to respond to the poems.

Poems will be written on scraps of cloth, on broken plates and stone,
and built together into a mosaic of poems and disparately unified work.

All welcome, feel free to drop in or out.

Saturday 24th October, 4:30
Drama Studio, English Faculty

24 Oct: The Alchemical Landscape

The Alchemical Landscape

Contemporary writers, film-makers and musicians are increasingly investing
the English landscape with notions of magic and the occult. As part of this
year's Festival of Ideas, Yvonne Salmon and James Riley present a field
guide to this 'geographic turn'.

Faculty of English, GR06/07
24 Oct 2015, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

All welcome.

This event has been featured as part of the Festival's Speaker Spotlight


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