Professor of Poetry Lecture with Alice Oswald: A Lament for the Earth

The next Professor of Poetry lecture by Alice Oswald will take place on Thursday, 3 March 2022 at 5.30pm. 'A Lament for the Earth' will address the challenge to nature poetry.

Booking is not required; seats will be allocated on the night on a first come, first served basis.

The Professor of Poetry lectures were conceived in 1708 by Berkshire landowner Henry Birkhead and began after he bequeathed some money so it could be a valuable supplement to the curriculum. He believed ‘the reading of the ancient poets gave keenness and polish to the minds of young men as well as to the advancement of more serious literature both sacred and human’.

The current Professor of Poetry is Professor Alice Oswald. She will be giving one lecture each term for the four years of her tenure. Find out more and watch previous lectures.


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