Saturday 4 July

17:30- Arrival and registration (Senate House, Crush Hall, Ground Floor);

18:00 - Welcome remarks (Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor)

            Clare Lees, Director, Institute of English Studies; Anthony Cuda, Director of the Summer School.

18:30 - 2020 Inaugaural Address

            Ian McEwan, 2020 Inaugaural Address: " T. S. Eliot: We Are Not Alone"

Sunday 5 July

Day Trip to Little Gidding

8.30 - Departure for Little Gidding (from International Hall)

Time TBC: Q&A Session, Lyndall Gordon, The Emily Hale correspondence

Time TBC: The Annual Little Gidding Lecture, Mark Ford, Beginning and Ending: Little Gidding 

Monday 6 July

9:30 - Matthew Hollis, The Waste Land 

10.45 - Tea and coffee break

11:00 - Anthony Cuda, Eliot and Belatedness: "That don't apply"

12.15 - Lunch break

13.30-15.00 - Seminars   

Tuesday 7 July

9:30 - Megan Quigley, The Waste Land

10.45 - Tea and coffee break

11:00 - Leonard Diepeveen, The Unnatural Excesses of T.S. Eliot

12.15 - Lunch break

13.30-15.00 - Seminars 

16:00 - Special Presentation, Nancy Hargrove,  Eliot's Influence on Popular Music, 1965 to the Present

Wednesday 8 July

9:30 - Seamus Perry, Eliot at Margate 

10.45 - Tea and coffee break

11:00 - Jahan Ramazani, Eliot, (Un)Translatability, and World Poetry

12.15 - Lunch break

13.30-15.00 - Seminars   

15:30 - Creative Writing Workshop, Hannah Sullivan

18:30 - Reading and Book Signing, Ann Pasternak Slater, The Fall of a Sparrow: VIvien Eliot's Life and Writings

Thursday 9 July

9:30 - Patrick Query, T. S. Eliot and Radical Hope, 1939

10.45 - Tea and coffee break

11:00 - Sarah Kennedy, Eliot's Glance

12.15 - Lunch break

13.30-15.00 - Seminars   

Friday 10 July

9:30 - John Morgenstern, T. S. Eliot Conteroveralist

10.45 - Tea and coffee break

11:00 - "The Complete Consort": Plenary Q&A session 

12.15 - Lunch break

13.30-15.00 - Seminars   

18:30 - London Library Gala and poetry reading, (reader TBA)

Saturday 11 July

Day Trip to Burnt Norton

8.30 - Departure for Little Gidding (from International Hall)

14:30 - The Annual Burnt Norton Lecture, Frances Dickey, "Let the record speak": Eliots Letters to Emily Hale 

Sunday 12 July

12:00 - Optional: Unreal City Walking Tour, led by Carey Karmel and Mark Storey 

Take a look at the 2019 Summer School programme below.

6-14 July 2019

 From Monday through Friday the morning lectures at 9:30 and 11:00 will take place in the Court Room (Senate House, First Floor); the tea / coffee and lunch breaks will take place in the Jessel Room (Senate House, First Floor). 

The seminars will be held in different locations around Senate House from 13:00 to 14.30, Monday through Friday. 

Summer Programme

Saturday 6 July - Welcome

17:00-17:30                 Arrival and registration (Senate House, Crush Hall, Ground Floor);

Sign in, pick up programme packets.

17:30                           Welcome Ceremonies (Beveridge Hall, Ground Floor)

Clare Lees, Director, Institute of English Studies; Anthony Cuda, Director of the Summer School.

18:00                            Opening address by award-winning British poet, critic and playwright, Sean O'Brien

19:00                            Drinks reception and hors d’oeuvres generously provided by the T. S. Eliot Foundation (Macmillan Hall, Ground Floor).

Saturday 7 July - Trip to Little Gidding

Trip to Little Gidding

8.30 - Departure for Little Gidding (from International Hall)

10.30 - Tea and coffee

11.00 - The Annual T. S. Eliot Festival, Welcome and Introduction, Simon Kershaw (Chair of Festival Commitee)

A joint programme of the Eliot Summer School with the Friends of Little Gidding and the T. S. Eliot Society of the UK. Reading of Little Gidding and visiting the Chapel. 

11.15 - Michael Hrebeniak (University of Cambridge), 'The Epoch of Space: The Waste Land as Collage.'

12.10 - The Annual Little Gidding Lecture, Robert Von Hallberg (Claremont McKenna College), “The Authority of Moments and Locations”: Little Gidding

13.15 - Lunch break

14:05 - Anthony Cuda, Director of the T. S. Eliot International Summer School 

14.15 - My Favourite Eliot

14.40 - Mary Ann Lund (University of Leicester), "Meditating on Little Gidding, Part 1"

15.45 - Ali Smith (award-winning author of The AccidentalHow to be BothAutumn and many others), reading of Little Gidding

16.15 - Afternoon tea, followed by departure

20.00 (or thereabouts) - Optional social gathering at The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St

Monday 8 July

9:30                             Anthony Cuda, Belatedly, T. S. Eliot

10:45                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Jayme Stayer, Prufrock, Abandoned

12:15                           Lunch break

13:00-14:30                 Seminars

20.00 (or thereabouts) - Optional social gathering at The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St 

Tuesday 9 July

9.30                             Elizabeth Micakovic, Canning the Voice: Eliot and his Recorded Poetry

10.45                           Tea and coffee break

11:00                           Jean-Michel Rabate, Tiresias’ Divan: Lacan reads The Waste Land

12.15                           Lunch break

13.00-14.30                 Seminars

15.00                           Optional: visit to London Review Bookstore

15.00                           Optional: Guided tour of Senate House. (Please RSVP to to attend)

18.30-20.30                 Evening lecture in collaboration with the Bloomsbury Chapter summer series (Chancellor's Hall, Senate House).

                                   ‘A mere ordinary director: TS Eliot as publisher', Toby Faber (Former Managing Director, Faber & Faber)

20.45 (or thereabouts) - Optional social gathering at The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St

Wednesday 10 July

9.30                             Julia Daniel, Eliot's Dwellings

10.45                           Tea and coffee break

11.00                           Jewel Spears Brooker, Mixing Memory and Desire: The Thrush as Symbol in Eliot's Poetry

12.15                           Lunch break

14.00-15.30                 Seminars     

16.00                           Optional: Screening of a performance of Four Quartets 

20.00 (or thereabouts) - Optional social gathering at The Lamb, 94 Lamb's Conduit St     

Tuesday 11 July

9.30                             Joanna Rzepa, Literary and Theological Modernisms: T. S. Eliot and the Modernist Heresy

10.45                           Tea and coffee break

11.00                           Nancy Fulford, The T. S. Eliot Collection: Work in Progress

12.15                           Lunch (generously sponsored by Johns Hopkins University Press)

14.00-15.30                Seminars       

19.30                           Optional: Globe Theatre production of A Midsummer Night's Dream*  

*Participants who want to attend this performance should arrange to walk or ride to The Globe on their own or in groups. We recommend arriving around 18:30 or 19:00 and buying the £ 5 Yard (standing) tickets ahead of time at, though tickets can also be bought at the door. Gallery (seated) tickets are also available.

Friday 12 July

9.30                             David Chinitz, “In possession of facts”

10.30                           Tea and coffee break

11.00                           Roundtable: Open Question and Discussion Forum

12.15                           Lunch break

13.00-14.30                 Seminars

18.30                           London Library Gala and Reading. 

A private reading and book signing by Dr Hannah Sullivan, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize and the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize for her debut volume, Three Poems (Faber 2018). Participants can arrange to walk (45 min) or ride (15 min on the Piccadilly line to Piccadilly Circus Station) together to The London Library, 14 St. James’s Square. The reading will be followed by a gala reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.

Saturday 13 July - Trip to Burnt Norton

9.00                             Departure for Burnt Norton (from International Hall)

12.00-14.00                 Picnic and walking the grounds and dry pools of Burnt Norton. Reading of Burnt Norton

14.00                           Welcome and address

14.30                           The Annual Burnt Norton Lecture: Robert Crawford, “The Passage Which We Did Not Take”


Sunday 14 July

11:00                 Optional: Solemn High Mass at St. Magnus Martyr, Lower Thames St, London EC3R 6DN

12:00                 Optional: Unreal City Walking Tour. 

Meet at the base of the Monument to the Great Fire of London (from Monument Tube Station, take the King William Street exit, and turn left on Monument road) for an informational walking tour of landmarks featured in The Waste Land and other sites pertinent to Eliot's life at the time. Afterwards, we will cross London Bridge for drinks and farewells at the George Inn. Please bring a bottle of water and a hat. We will stop and read relevant portions of The Waste Land.

Led by Carey Karmel and Mark Storey. 

Speakers, 2019

Sean O'Brien, Newcastle University - Award-winning British poet, critic and playwright Sean O'Brien will be opening this year's T.S. Eliot Summer School on 6 July. 

Dr Hannah Sullivan, University of Oxford - T.S. Eliot Prize winning poet Hannah Sullivan will be joining us to give a private reading and book signing.

Lecturers, 2019

Jewel Spears Brooker, Professor Emerita of Literature, Eckerd College: Mixing Memory and Desire: The Thrush as Symbol in Eliot's Poetry.

David Chinitz, Professor of English and Department Chair, Loyola University Chicago: "In Possession of Facts"

Robert Crawford, Professor of Modern Scottish Literature and Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry at the University of St Andrews: "The Passage Which We Did Not Take" 

Anthony Cuda, Director of the Summer School; Associate Professor and Associate Head, University of North Carolina, Greensboro: Belatedly, T.S. Eliot 

Julia Daniel, Assistant Professor of English, Baylor University: Eliot's Dwellings 

Nancy Fulford, Archivist for the T. S. Eliot Estate: The T.S. Eliot Collection: Work in Progress 

Robert Von Hallberg, Helen A. Regenstein Professor of English Language and Literature, Germanic Studies, Claremont McKenna College: "The Authority of Moments and Locations" Little Gidding

Elizabeth Micakovic, Deputy Director of the Summer School: T.S. Eliot and the Fall and Rise of the Public Intellectual in the Inter-War Period 

Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania: Tiresias' Divan: Lacan reads The Waste Land.

Jayme Stayer, S. J., Associate Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago: Prufrock, Abandoned 

Joanna Rzepa, Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies, University of Essex: Literary and Theological Modernisms: T.S. Eliot and the Modernist Heresy

Seminars 2020

Small-group seminars are at the heart of the Summer School programme, allowing students to interact one-on-one with leading scholars in the field.

Take a look at the full list of 2020 seminars here.