The Kenneth Allott Lecture in Poetry
Professor Christopher Reid will give the lecture ‘Auden, MacNeice and Spencer (Yes, Spencer)’
On Thursday 22nd November 2007, at 5.30 pm in the Management School lecture theatre, Liverpool University.
All are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served afterwards in the atrium.
Professor Christopher Reid is a poet, essayist, cartoonist, and writer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has recently edited the letters of Ted Hughes for Faber and Faber. He teaches at the University of Hull and has won several awards for his poetry including the Eric Gregory Award (1978), The Somerset Maugham Award (1980) , The Hawthornden Prize (1981), The Cholmondeley Award (1995) and The Signal Award (2000).
Professor Reid’s recent publications include Expanded Universes (1996), Sounds Good: 101 Poems to Be Heard (1998) (as editor), All Sorts (1999), Not to Speak of the Dog: 101 Short Stories in Verse (2000) (as editor), Mermaids Explained: Selected Poems 1976-1996 (2001), Alphabicycle Order (2001), For and After (2003), Mr Mouth (2006), Letters of Ted Hughes (2007) (as Editor).
The Lectureship was founded by Professor Miriam Allott in memory of her late husband, Kenneth Allott, whom she succeeded to the Andrew Bradley Chair of Modern English Literature at this University. Kenneth Allott was both poet and Academic, and a practising poet has normally been asked to give the lecture.
Seamus Heaney inaugurated the series in 1978 followed by Donald Davie in 1980, Charles Tomlinson (1982) and Stephen Spender (1984). Lectures have also been given by Edwin Moran, Douglas Dunn, Tom Paulin, Kathleen Raine, John Fuller, Les Murray, Andrew Motion, Blake Morrison, Ruth Padel and most recently by David Constantine, Roy Fisher, Denise Riley and Michael Hofmann.