Beckett Week at the University of Reading (2-5 November 2016)


The Beckett at Reading team is happy to announce the following events, which will take place during our ‘Beckett Week’:


Lisa Dwan: ‘A Beckett Actor’ – The Billie Whitelaw Lecture (6pm, 2 November 2016)

Acclaimed Beckett actress, Lisa Dwan, who has performed in Beckett’s plays across the globe, will speak about performing in Beckett and about her mentor Billie Whitelaw, Beckett’s favourite actress. Lisa met Billie when she was preparing for a production of Beckett’s challenging play, Not I, and Billie passed her notes from Beckett on to Lisa. We are delighted to welcome Lisa Dwan back to Reading, following her virtuoso performance of a selection of Beckett’s prose for performance entitled No’s Knife at London’s Old Vic Theatre.

The lecture will be followed by a Wine Reception, and the Launch of the Billie Whitelaw Exhibition, which will for the first time show items from Billie Whitelaw’s Beckett Theatrical Collection, acquired by the Beckett International Foundation last year.

Registration and Details:


Beckett and Politics Conference (3-4 November 2016)

Organised by the Beckett at Reading Postgraduate Group (BARP), the exciting theme of ‘Beckett and Politics’ will be discussed through panel presentations and keynotes by Matthew Feldman, Elizabeth Barry and Daniela Caselli. All scholars, students, and enthusiasts are welcome.

Registration for the conference:

The provisional schedule and other information can be found here:


Mary Bryden Tribute Day (5 November 2016)

A tribute day for the late, much loved Mary Bryden, Professor of French Studies at the University of Reading, and Co-Director of the Beckett International Foundation, who died a year ago.

The day will start (at 12 noon) with a lecture by Emeritus Professor Jim Knowlson on Beckett and Billie Whitelaw. In the afternoon, there will be an academic panel which will reflect on aspects of Mary’s research in French Studies and Beckett Studies. This will be followed by personal and musical tributes from Mary’s colleagues and friends, and readings from Mary’s own creative writing. The event is free and will include lunch and a drinks reception at the end of the day.

Registration and Details:


All events take place in the Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus, The University of Reading. Registration is necessary for all events – please register as soon as possible so we can book catering as necessary.


For queries about any of these events, please email Mark Nixon (


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Associate Professor in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
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