Literature and Song

8 June 2009


The UCL Department of English Language and Literature takes great pleasure in inviting you to 'Literature and Song' which is taking place at UCL in the afternoon and evening of Friday 12 June 2009. Novelists Ali Smith and Susie Boyt will be in conversation with Kasia Boddy, discussing the influence of music on their work; Professor Danny Karlin will be giving a lecture entitled 'Hark! Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Song of Birds', and Angus Smith of the Orlando Consort will be singing medieval songs from England and France, as well as discussing interpretation and performance with Helen Deeming and Ardis Butterfield. There will also be an exhibition of musical curiosities, and a drinks reception. The third and final alumni event in our series ‘Literature Seen Heard, and Spoken’, the event is supported by UCL Futures, the UCL Arts and Humanities Faculty, and the UCL Department of English.

More information, including notes on contributors and directions, is available from:

The event will run as follows:

4-5pm Danny Karlin, 'Hark! Nineteenth-Century Poetry and the Song of Birds'
Location: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1

5-6pm Angus Smith, singing medieval songs from France and England, and in conversation with Ardis Butterfield and Helen Deeming
Location: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1

6-7pm Break
Coffee and tea
UCL Special Collections exhibition of musical curioisites Book Stall
Location: South Cloisters

7-8.30pm Ali Smith and Susie Boyt on ‘Literature and Song’, in conversation with Kasia Boddy
Location: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1

8.30pm Drinks and finger buffet reception
Location: South Cloisters


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