Events

events

At Jewish Book Week, 2017

 

2017

23 September. Woodstock Literary Society.


16 August. North Norfolk Music Festival, South Creake.
I will be giving a short talk on the Sitwells in advance of a concert by Harmoniemusik, including a performance of Façade.


7-11 August. Wordsworth Summer Conference Part 1, Rydal Mount. 


4-6 July. ‘A change in the air: weathers, words, and landscapes’. As part of the conference Mediating Climate Change at the University of Leeds, I will be giving a public lecture on 5 July at 5.45. 


1 July. A talk at the Inspiring Landmarks exhibition in Spitalfields, where artists will be showing work made in response to Landmark Trust buildings.


29 June- 2 July. The 27th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. This year the conference is at the University of Reading, and focusses on ‘Woolf and the World of Books’. I’ll be giving a paper on Woolf’s reading of William Cowper. 


13 June. New Readings of Place and Nature, with Peter Davidson, Fiona Stafford and Jonathan Bate. 5.30pm, Oxford English Faculty, seminar room L, drinks to follow and all donations to Archbishop Romero Trust.


27 May. Lives of Houses symposium, organised by the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing.
I took part in a roundtable discussion of the ways in which houses are presented to the public, and I gave a paper called ‘Moving Home’ on William Cowper, Charles Lamb and the complicated business of moving house.


5 May. Virginia Woolf Day at St Hugh’s College Oxford. I spoke about Woolf’s adventurousness and about her visit to St Hugh’s in May 1927. She gave a talk on ‘Poetry and Fiction’, later revised and expanded as ‘Poetry, Fiction and the Future’, one of her most radical essays about the possibilities of prose.


4 May. Compton Verney. I gave a talk about weather and landscape to coincide with the exhibition Creating the Countryside


9 April. Landscape and Literature Study Day, Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton. I spoke on depictions of the South Downs as part of a fascinating symposium organised by novelist Suzy Joinson. 


5 March. Jewish Book Week at King’s Place, London. ‘Constancy and Change’ with Rachel Lichtenstein. 

2016

28 November. The South Downs, a symposium organised by The Oxford Reseach Centre in the Humanities in association with the National Trust at St John’s College Oxford. I spoke on artists, light, and chalk. 


28-30 October. Liverpool Literary Festival.
Our inaugural festival was a great success and saw the University’s beautiful Victoria Gallery packed with speakers and visitors. I chaired a discussion of Frankenstein with Miranda Seymour, Andy Sawyer, and actors Ellie Hurt and Isobel Balchin from the acclaimed Young Everyman production of Philip Pullman’s adaptation.


15 October. Wells Literary Festival.


16 September. Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival.


2 July. The Artists of Great Bardfield: A Symposium, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge in association with the Fry Art Gallery . I’ll be talking about rural modernism and landscape painting.


28 May. Charleston Festival. A talk about Weatherland.


11 March. Daunt Books Festival, Marylebone.


22 February. Weinrebe Lecture in Life-Writing, Wolfson College, Oxford. ‘Tempered Lives: Biography and the Seasons’. This lecture examines the ancient analogy between the seasons of the year and the ages of man, looking back to medieval understandings of the temperaments, and asking how far ideas of a seasonal arc have influenced individual lives. The full lecture is available as a podcast:

https://resourcespace.wolf.ox.ac.uk/resourcespace/pages/view.php?ref=8601&k=0f3cc9841d


2 January. Winterland. A concert of music and readings at Llanveynoe church in the Black Mountains.

2015

3 December. Lecture at Gladstone's Library, Flintshire


28-29 November. Cambridge Winter Festival. On the Saturday I'll be interviewing Richard Mabey about his Cabaret of Plants, and on Sunday I'll be talking about my own book Weatherland with Robert Macfarlane.


26 November. Daunt Books event at Burgh House in Hampstead.


16-17 November. I'll be in Sweden, giving a lecture (on the 16th) at the University of Uppsala and (on the 17th) at the University of Stockholm.


11 November. A talk about Weatherland at Topping Bookshop in Bath.


4 November, 7pm. A talk at Reading Town Hall, hosted by the Reading branch of the Royal Meteorological Society.


29 October. A public lecture at the University of Newcastle.


24 October. Cambridge. A conversation with Ali Smith to mark the 20th anniversary of the Artworks studios in Cambridge.


20 October. Manchester Literary Festival. Virginia Woolf: Reader, Writer, Pioneer.


19 October. British Museum. A talk about Weatherland.


18 October. Ilkey Literary Festival. A talk about Weatherland.


15 October. The National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Society of Literature talk.


3-4 October. Hatfield House Garden Festival.


26 September. The Cloud Appreciation Society Conference, Geographical Society.


16 September. The London Review Bookshop. A talk about Weatherland.


24 January, The Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture, Senate House, London. See Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain for details

2014

26 September, Liverpool WW1 Centenary celebrations. In the afternoon I will be running a workshop on Mrs Dalloway for A-level students (please contact University of Liverpool Special Collections to book a place). In the evening I will be giving a public lecture on Stanley Spencer and other war artists at the Victoria Art Gallery and Museum (please see VGM website for time and tickets).


2 July 2014. Discussion of weather at Medieval Meteorology Symposium, University of Reading.


8 July. Lecture with Daisy Hay for the Friends of National Libraries, Burlington House (members only – please see FNL website for details of how to join and support national library collections)


16 June. Royal Society of Literature event at Somerset House. I will be talking about Virginia Woolf with Maggie Gee, whose new novel,Virginia Woolf in Manhattan, imagines Woolf in the twenty-first century


28 February, 3pm. Blackwell's Oxford, free public talk, 'Why Study English?'


13 February, 7pm. Blackwell's Oxford, Oxford World's Classics Balloon Debate. I will be chairing an evening of discussion and vote-casting as seven World's Classics editors debate which classic book should be kept on board a sinking hot-air balloon.

2013

25 October. Gibraltar International Literary Festival, lecture at 4pm.


5 October 1.45. A talk on Virginia Woolf at the Ilkley Literature Festival, Yorkshire.


29 September, 3pm. Southbank event as part of The Rest is Noise season of twentieth-century music. I will be talking about Britten, Piper, and modern pastoral with contemporary artist George Shaw.


20 August, 5.45. Proms Plus event at the Royal College of Music, preceding Prom 51 (Tippet, Britten and Elgar). I will be exploring Britten's settings of poetry with actor Sam West. The discussion will be broadcast on Radio 3 in the concert interval.


30 July, from 6.45pm. 'Drinks with Virginia Woolf': an evening of ideas and discussion spent in the gardens of Fenton House in Hampstead.


14 June, 3pm. Aldeburgh Festival: a panel discussion called Perspectives on Britten with the tenor Mark Padmore and writer Rob Young.


4 April, 7pm. 'Man Ray Among the Writers' at the National Portrait Gallery: a lecture and conversation with Richard Davenport-Hines in conjunction with the exhibition Man Ray: Portraits.


25 March, 6pm. Live recording of my radio essay 'A Taste for the Baroque' at St George's, Bristol.


22 March, 10am. A talk about Virginia Woolf at the Oxford Literary Festival (Christ Church, Blue Boar lecture theatre).

2012

22 November, 6.30pm. A talk on research methods for postgraduate students at Birkbeck College, London.


14 November, 5.15pm. 'A Variable Breeze: Virginia Woolf and the Climates of Literature', a talk for the 20/21-Century Seminar, English Faculty, University of Oxford.


18 October, 6.30pm. The annual John Betjeman Lecture, organised by the Betjeman Society, Cowcross Gallery, London.


6 October, 11.45am. Lichfield Festival. A talk about Virginia Woolf.


20 September, 12pm. University of East Anglia, London Campus, panel discussion of academics in trade publishing as part of Sarah Churchwell's 'ThoughtOut' project.


7 September, 10am. 'Changing their Minds: Virginia Woolf and Edith Sitwell', a lecture for the Virginia Woolf Society, Lee Wood Hotel, Buxton.


16 August, 2pm. Edinburgh Book Festival. 'Literary Legends' event with John Mullan.


26 July, 7pm. 'Bronte Weather', an evening of readings and discussion at Haworth Parsonage.


10 June, 11am. Keynote lecture at the 22nd International Conference on Virginia Woolf, Saskatoon.


2 June, 10am. I will be talking at the Hay Festival.


14 April, 4.30pm. I will be at the Cambridge Spring WordFest


9 March, 5.30. To Aldeburgh for the literary festival, where I will be talking about Virginia Woolf.


1 March. A lunchtime talk about Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery, London.


23 February. An evening at Modern Art Oxford, discussing the work of Graham Sutherland with artist and curator George Shaw and the writer Michael Bracewell.


25 February, 3pm. A talk for the Woodstock Literary Society.


12 January. Pallant House Gallery Chichester. I will be talking about Virginia Woolf (with the best of modern British art in the background.

2011

2 December, 7.30pm. Suffolk Book League, St Joseph's College Library, Ipswich. An illustrated talk on Romantic Moderns. See the Suffolk Book League Websitefor further details and the full programme of monthly speakers.


14 October. Chapter & Verse Literature Festival at the Bluecoat. On familiar ground in Liverpool at last!


11 October. Cheltenham Literature Festival.


22 September. Topping Books, Bath. A talk about Virginia Woolf.


20 September, 7pm. Daunt Books, Marylebone. I will be talking about the life and work of Virginia Woolf.


15 September, 6pm. Betjeman Festival, Wantage. I will be talking about Romantic Moderns as part of the first Betjeman Festival.


10 September. University of Sussex 50th Anniversary Celebrations. I will be doing an event with Colin McKenzie, director of the Charleston Trust, to mark the long association between Charleston and the University of Sussex.


20 August, 10.30am. Edinburgh Book Festival. I will be doing a joint event with Kathleen Jones, author of a new biography of Katherine Mansfield. The discussion with be chaired by Claire Armitstead.


14 August. Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park. My first talk at a music festival! I will be taking part in a panel discussion with Frances Spalding and Sally Bayley about the meaning of 'home'. This event is sponsored and hosted by TOAST. I have also written a feature for Toast Travels. Read it here: 'Pass, Measure and Mark'


21 July. Buxton Festival


11 July, 7pm. Southbank Literature Festival, London


9 July, 4.30pm Malmesbury. I will be giving a talk about English landscape as part of the PhilosophyTown Festival.


11 June, 10am Sotheby's, Bond Street. I will be taking part in a panel discussion about British Art with Gill Hedley and Patrick Wright to mark the sale of the Wilfrid Evill Collection.


29 May. Charleston Festival. I will be at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, in conversation with Olivia Laing, whose new book To The River tells the story of the Ouse.


18 May, 6pm. University of Bristol/Bristol Fesival of Ideas. I will be talking about Romantic Moderns at the Arnolfini. The event is jointly hosted by the History of Art Department Transnational Modernisms Research Cluster and the Festival of Ideas.


14 May, 3pm. A talk at Mascalls Gallery in Kent, where a new exhibition of John Piper's work will be on display.


28 April, 6.30pm, National Portrait Gallery, London. To mark the NPG's spring exhibition of photographs by Ida Kar, I will be taking part in a discussion with Peter Conrad about ways of'Picturing the Artist'.


17 April. Cambridge WordFest


16 April. I will be giving a talk on the idea of the English village in the 1930s, as part of a conference called English and Welsh Diaspora at Loughborough University.


8 April, 10am. Oxford Literary Festival


29 January. 'Towards Re-Enchantment' writers' symposium in Aldeburgh, part of 'After Sebald: Place and Re-Enchantment - A Weekend Exploration'.

2010

10-12 December. 1910 Centenary, University of Glasgow. I will be giving a paper on 'Virginia Woolf in 1910' as part of the British Association of Modernist Studies Conference celebrating Woolf's famous remark that 'On or about December 1910 human character changed'. Visit the conference website for more information.


7 December, 7.00pm. Daunt Books, Marylebone. An evening talk on Romantic Moderns. To book telephone 020 7224 2295 or visit the shop.


4 November, 7.00pm, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. I will be talking about Romantic Moderns at Pallant House in Sussex, home to one of the best collections of modern British art.


27 October, 7.00pm. Off The Shelf Festival, Millennium Galleries (Long Gallery), Sheffield. I will be giving a talk on Romantic Moderns in connection with the current exhibition at the Graves Gallery.


26 October, 7.00pm. London Review Bookshop, 14 Bury Place, London. An evening talk on Romantic Moderns followed by wine.


14 October, 10.00-11.00am. Cheltenham Literature Festival. I will be talking about Romantic Moderns.


7 October, 7.00pm. Mela Hartwig Evening at the Austrian Cultural Forum, London. I will be talking about Virginia Woolf and the refugee novelist Mela Hartwig as part of an event organised by the Dalkey Archive Press.


3 October, 5.00-6.00pm. Ilkley Literary Festival. I will be talking about Romantic Moderns as part of a joint event with Anne Chisholm, author of Frances Partridge: The Biography.


27 September. Launch of Romantic Moderns.