Events

Poetry By Design: a Reappraisal of Concrete and Visual Poetry We are delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery (Parkinson Building, University of Leeds) curated by Professor Fiona Becket and Dr Emma Trott which examines creativity and visual poetics. The exhibition explores visual and concrete poetry,…
Poet Zaffar Kunial will be reading work inspired by his recent residency at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Zaffar was commissioned by the Museum to explore the enigmatic and extraordinary Patrick Brontë as part of their bicentennial celebrations. A selection of Brontë related manuscripts will be on display from the University of Leeds Library’s…

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School of Night Tuesday 11th December, 5.30, Alumni Room. Theme: poems about paintings.
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.
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.
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…
School of Night Monday 26th November, 5.30 pm, Alumni Room, School of English. Theme: the moon. Poems: Sonnet 31 from Astrophil and Stella – Philip Sidney Sad Steps – Philip Larkin Moon – Kathleen Jamie Full Moon and Little Frieda – Ted Hughes The Moon was but a Chin of Gold – Emily Dickinson Moon-Landings – Robert Lowell Full Moon – Alice Oswald
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…