On Friday 7 November, acclaimed poet Don Paterson will deliver the Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre (L22) at the London Road campus. The Finzi lecture is one of the major public events in the University diary. Admission is free.
Don Paterson’s title will be ‘Thirteen Ways to Look at a Poet: Michael Donaghy and the Golden Section’. Michael Donaghy, a popular, influential and much-loved figure in the UK poetry scene, died tragically early at the age of fifty in 2004, and Paterson’s lecture will mark the tenth anniversary of his death. It coincides with the reissue of Donaghy’s Collected Poems in paperback, and the publication of Don Paterson’s ‘Smith’: A Reader’s Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy.
The lecture will be followed by the opening reception for Reading Poetry Festival 2014, in the Old Library (London Road campus) at 7:30 p.m., at which there will be readings from the 2014 University of Reading Creative Arts anthology, Origami Warriors.
The Gerald Finzi Memorial Lecture is the opening event of Reading Poetry Festival 2014 which runs from 7-9November and which will bring together many of the most exciting poets from around the UK for three days of readings and discussion. See http://www.readingpoetryfestival.org/ for full schedule and tickets.