Events

The theme of this year’s Peace Poetry Prize is Food Inequality. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a celebration event on Tuesday 27th November 2018 (Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre 6.30 – 7.45) and prizes will be awarded by this year’s Chief Judge, Simon Armitage. For further information and how to apply, visit the Peace…
A Celebration of Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918) with Vahni Capildeo, Elizabeth Cook, Ian Duhig, Jean Liddiard, Deborah Maccoby, Tony Rudolf, Jeffrey Wainwright, John Whale and others.
Join us in the School of English on 6th December for an evening of poetry celebrating Martin Bell, Gregory Fellow at the University of Leeds from 1967-69, and launching a posthumous collection of his translations of the French Surrealist poet, Robert Desnos.
Join us for a reading of his own work by poet Zaffar Kunial in the Alumni Room of the School of English at 18.30.
Pascale Petit will be reading from her own work at 18.30 on 28 February 2019 in the Alumni Room, School of English. Admission free. All welcome.
Join us at 18.30 on March 14 2019 for a reading of her own work by Jacqueline Bishop. Jacqueline is an award-winning photographer, painter, and writer born and raised in Jamaica, who now lives in New York City. Her books include Faun, Snapshots from Istanbul, The River’s Song, and The Gymnast. This event is in…

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Join us for a celebration of the life and work of poet Ken Smith. There will be an exhibition of materials from the Ken Smith Archive in the Brotherton Library curated by Sarah Prescott, Ruth Burton and Naomi Popple, the showing of a new film of Ken Smith created by Neil Astley, and talks and/or…
School of Night.  Monday 5th November.  5.30 pm, Alumni Room.  Theme: not bonfires etc, but The Heart.  The session will be hosted by Dr Emma Trott.  
Join us in the School of English on 25th October for an evening of poetry and conversation with Denise Riley and Sandeep Parmar. Tickets available here. Denise Riley has written War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother [1983], ‘Am I That Name?’ Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History [1988], The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony(2000), The Force…
School of Night   Next meeting: Wednesday 24th October, 5.30pm, Alumni Room.  Theme: parents.  This week’s family:   This Be The Verse – Philip Larkin Morning Song – Sylvia Plath My Parents’ Wedding Night, 1937 – Sharon Olds The Gift – Li-Young Lee The Butts – Seamus Heaney Oyster – Rachel Bower Foaling – Rachel…
First  School of Night meeting of the 2018/19 academic year. All welcome. Theme: Creatures of the Sea.  Among the catches to be landed and observed: The Fishing Party – Michael Longley Clownfish – Lavinia Greenlaw Black Caiman with Butterflies – Pascale Petite from The Odyssey – Book XII, Scylla and Charybdis, trans Emily Wilson, Robert…
Poet and critic Professor Stephanie Burt (University of Harvard) will give a public reading and talk 5.30-7.00 pm in the Foyer of the School of English, as part of her UK book tour, at the invitation of the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Please do come, and circulate the information to your students and poetry-loving…
The final School of Night meeting of this year’s academic year.  Theme: Food and Drink.
Join us in celebrating the launch of the Verse Matters anthology, and to hear some of the contributors read. The anthology aims to harness the power of everyday, human stories in times of inequality and xenophobia.
Penultimate School of Night meeting of this year’s academic year.  Theme: Dreams and Sleep.