'Hail and Farewell: Leaving, Greeting and Lasting in Housman's Last Poems' with Gregory Leadbetter
Last Poems was published to considerable acclaim in 1922, twenty-six years after A Shropshire Lad. Gregory’s talk will be one of a number of events celebrating the centenary of Housman’s second volume of poetry. There will be an opportunity to purchase copies of a new limited commemorative edition with Foreword by Andrew Motion at a special discounted price.
Gregory Leadbetter’s books of poetry include Balanuve, with photographs by Phil Thomson (Broken Sleep, 2021), Maskwork (Nine Arches Press, 2020) – longlisted for the Laurel Prize for Poetry 2021 – The Fetch (Nine Arches Press, 2016), and the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007). As a critic he publishes widely on Romantic poetry and thought, twentieth-century and contemporary poetry, and his book Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) was awarded the University English Book Prize 2012. He is Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University. As Director of the Institute of Creative Writing in the School of English, he leads the programme of guest seminars and masterclasses with authors, critics, editors and agents for students, together with a programme of public literary events every year. He is a highly regarded interviewer and compere of literary events. As a poet he is invited to give numerous public readings and lectures every year, both in this country and overseas.
This is a joint Evesham Festival of Words and Housman Society event.
Venue: All Saints Church, Market Place, Evesham. WR11 4RW (3.00-4.00pm)
Tickets: £6 to include tea and cake (served from 2.30 pm) Event free to Housman Society members but please register in advance via Housman Society.