In response to the evolving public health challenge caused by COVID-19 and the ongoing uncertatinties surrounding international travel, we have made the decision to postpone the T.S. Eliot International Summer School for another year. The programme will return in Summer 2022 to celebrate the centenary of The Waste Land. Those who have already registered for a place have received an email with more information, and will be given priority booking when registration for the summer school reopens. 


2020 Programme Details

4 - 12 July 2020

The T. S. Eliot International Summer school brings together students and renowned scholars from around the world for a nine-day, immersive exploration of the life and work of Nobel Prize winning poet, critic, and dramatist T. S. Eliot. Held annually in the heart of literary London, the programme features original lectures, small-group seminars, readings by eminent writers, and special outings to theatres, libraries, and literary landmarks, including day trips to Burnt Norton and Little Gidding. Explore the 2020 programme here.

Since its founding over a decade ago, the School has assembled the most distinguished scholars of T. S. Eliot and Modern Literature. In recent years it has featured lecturers and poets such as: Simon Armitage, Jewel Spears Brooker, Robert Crawford, Denis Donoghue, Mark Ford, Lyndall Gordon, John Haffenden, Barbara Hardy, Seamus Heaney, Alan Jenkins, Hermione Lee, Gail McDonald, Paul Muldoon, Craig Raine, Robin Robertson and Sir Tom Stoppard. (View the 2020 list).

The Summer School is hosted by the Institute of English Studies of the University of London, which facilitates study and research across the field of English Studies. The Institute has an established interest in Modernist literature, the subject of numerous of its conferences and research seminar series, which are open to all, as are its established series of literary readings. It hosts a portfolio of research programmes and provides postgraduate teaching and training in this research environment.


Seminar leaders for the 2020 T.S. Eliot International Summer School:

Participants will choose one of the following seminars to attend throughout the week.

Frances Dickey, Early Poems and Criticism

Leonard DiepeveenThe Waste Land and its Contexts 

Patrick Query,  Later Poems and Criticism​

Jahan Ramazani, Global Eliot

John Morgenstern, Eliot and the Arts  

Sarah Kennedy, Eliot and the Deed of Reading: Allusion, Anxiety, Metaphor, and Myth

Hannah Sullivan, (optional seminar) One-Day Creative Writing Workshop  


Lecturers for the 2020 T. S. Eliot International Summer School:

Anthony Cuda, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Frances Dickey, University of Missouri

Leonard Diepeveen, Dalhousie University

Mark Ford, Professor, University College, London 

Lyndall Gordon, Fellow, St. Hilda’s College 

Nancy D. Hargrove, Mississippi State University

Sarah Kennedy, Downing College, University of Cambridge

Elizabeth Micakovic, Deputy Director of the Summer School

John Morgenstern, Clemson University 

Seamus Perry, Balliol College, University of Oxford

Patrick Query, United States Military Academy in West Point

Megan Quigley, Villanova University

Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia

Ann Pasternak Slater, St Anne's College, University of Oxford

Hannah Sullivan, New College, University of Oxford