Monday, 20 June 2016

The TSE Reading Group

Since the start of this year Research Forum member, Dr Ian Jones has been facilitating a monthly TSE reading group. Here's a summary of sessions to date. The group will start up again in September. 

Thursday 21st January: screening of TOM & VIV - a 1994 feature film based on Michael Hastings’ 1984 play of the same name. Starring Willem Dafoe and Miranda Richardson as TSE and his first wife, Vivienne Haigh-Wood.

Thursday 25th February: Readings and discussion from Eliot’s early published poetry, including The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Thursday 17th March: Reading and discussion of Gerontion, Portrait of a Lady and Rhapsody on a Windy Night

Thursday 21st April: An informal conversation with Debbie Whitfield, who worked as PA to TSE’s widow Valerie from 2000-2012, and is currently employed by the TSE estate, working on the six volumes of TSE’s letters edited by Christopher Ricks.

Thursday 19th May: A screening and discussion of BBC ARENA programme’s biographical portrait of T S Eliot - directed by Adam Low, with contributions from Valerie Eliot, Seamus Heaney, Jeanette Winterson, Christopher Ricks and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. The programme was first screened in 2009. 

Thursday 16th JuneBy popular request ! An Evening with Old Possum and his Practical Cats. Bring along and share your favourite TSE cat poem.

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