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ANNUAL LECTURE: Dame Gillian Beer

 'Rhyming as Intimacy, Rhyming as Radicalism.'

The Poetry Society's Annual Lecture with Dame Gillian Beer on Tuesday 16 January 2007, introduced by Ruth Padel.
The Poetry Society continues the success of last year’s inaugural Annual Lecture with ‘Rhyming as Intimacy, Rhyming as Radicalism’ presented by one of the most sought after lecturers on both sides of the Atlantic, Dame Gillian Beer.
The lecture will look at the persuasive power of rhyme. Taking examples from poets including Thomas Hardy, Tony Harrison, Don Paterson, George Herbert and Ruth Padel - as well as nursery rhymes and advertising - Beer will look at how rhymes can provoke half-beliefs and resistances, weld things together or topple hierarchies and how they are, in Freud’s sense, uncanny. This will be an insightful exploration into how a technique often associated with 'old-fashioned' poetry has repeatedly been (and is now) a tool for radical work.
As Beer goes on to say: - “High and low can be freely paired in rhyme, making matches that stir up our assumptions about what is most valuable and what is kin to what. Rhyme takes us inside words, undoing their autonomy and revealing parts hidden in their structure”.
In her distinguished career, Gillian Beer has explored the relations of the two cultures of science and literature. She was a Booker judge in 1993, Vice-President of the British Academy from 1994 to 1996, Chairman of the Poetry Book Society (1992-6), Chairman of the Judges of the Booker Prize for Fiction (1997) and a judge for the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction. She is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her books include Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (1983, 2nd edition 2000) and Virginia Woolf: the Common Ground (1996). Dame Gillian Beer lives in Cambridge.
The event will take place at St Giles-in-the-Fields, The Poets’ Church, Holborn on Tuesday 16 January 2007 at 7.30pm.  Directions etc at http://www.stgilesonline.org/
Tickets are £10/£5 concessions and Poetry Society members.
To book please call 020 7420 9895 or email marketing@poetrysociety.org.uk

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16th January 2007
St Giles

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