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Conversation Group

Tue 20 Mar 2018

3-5pm / Free

Every Tuesday, Foyle Rooms, No booking required.

Discover more about The Waste Land, via a series of talks and readings with contributors including Dr Ian Jones, Professor David Herd, Professor Mike Tooby, Judy Dermott and Lord Gawain Douglas. Over the course of the exhibition, different speakers will open up the poem in different ways. From week to week, talks will be alternated with performed readings of the poem by founding members of the Reading Group.

The Eliot Reading group was set up in November 2015 by Dr Ian Jones, also a member of The Waste Land Research Group, and sessions have run in parallel to the exhibition development process for over two years.

This is an event organised by members of The Waste Land Research Group, who have developed Turner Contemporary's exhibition Journeys with 'The Waste Land'.

Detailed schedule:

Tuesday 6 February: The Waste Land 101 – A Guide for the Perplexed, Dr Ian Jones, T S Eliot Reading Group

Tuesday 13 February, 27 February, 13 March, 27 March, 10 April, 24 April: Performed Readings of The Waste Land by the T.S. Eliot Reading Group

Tuesday 20 February: How Mr Eliot Traversed The Waste Land, Judy Dermott - Writer and academic researcher

Tuesday 6 March: Inexplicable Splendour and Staring Forms : Moore, Hepworth and David Jones as artist contemporaries in the context of The Waste Land, Michael Tooby, Professor of Art and Design, Bath School of Art & Design, Bath Spa University / guest curator of Journeys with 'The Waste Land'

Tuesday 20 March: The Fire Sermon, David Herd, Professor of Modern Literature, University of Kent

Tuesday 3 April: The Waste Land - a performed reading by poet/musician Lord Gawain Douglas

Tuesday 17 April: “My Nerves are bad tonight” TS Eliot’s ‘breakdown’ and the writing of The Waste Land. Ian Jones Psychotherapist / T.S. Eliot Reading Group

Tuesday 1 May: “An Escape from Personality “?  Modernity, postmodernity and The Waste Land, Ian Jones, T.S. Eliot Reading Group