Live event: Professor of Poetry lecture

Alice Oswald lecture poster


Interview with Water by Alice Oswald

Thursday, 25 June 2020, 56pm​

Watch the event live on the TORCH YouTube channel.

In this lecture, Alice Oswald will look at the strange connection between water and grief.

Alice Oswald is the current Professor of Poetry at the Faculty of English, after being elected in June 2019. She gave her Inaugural Lecture in November 2019 in the Examinations Schools. Listen to Alice Oswald's Inaugural Lecture on the Oxford University Podcast site.

Alice Oswald is a multi-award-winning poet whose accolades include the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2012 and the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize, which she won for her seventh collection of poems, Falling Awake. She has succeeded Simon Armitage – the UK’s new Poet Laureate.

Professor Ros Ballaster, Chair of the English Faculty Board at Oxford, said: ‘Poetry plays an important role in our universities and society. It is a place for reflection in language and about language.'

‘The election of Alice Oswald sees the tenure of our first female Professor of Poetry. To adopt the words in her own poetry, it is the fulfilment of long balancing “the weight of hope against the light of patience”. Hers is a remarkable, resonant talent and we count ourselves privileged to host her for four years.'

Thanks to TORCH (The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities) for supporting this event.