University of Northampton Scholars affiliated to the CoHaB ITN team up with New Zealand Studies Network to Celebrate Fleur Adcock’s Eightieth Birthday

On 14th February 2014, Professor Janet Wilson, Director of Research at the University of Northampton School of the Arts, CoHaB representative and Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Studies Network (NZSN) celebrated with fellow authors and members of the NZSN, the eightieth birthday of internationally renowned New Zealand poet, Fleur Adcock.

Rod Edmond speaking at the Festschrift

Rod Edmond speaking at the Festschrift
(Photo: Larissa Allwork)

At Birkbeck College, University of London, amidst paintings by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in the former library of J.M. Keynes, Wilson and Chair of the NZSN, Professor Rod Edmond (University of Kent) spoke affectionately of Fleur and launched a Festschrift of poetry and prose specially compiled to mark her extraordinary contribution to literature.

Fleur Adcock

Fleur Adcock in the Keynes Library
(Photo: Larissa Allwork)

Among the many distinguished poets and writers, authors who contributed to this special birthday collection were Dannie Abse, Wendy Cope, Marilyn Duckworth, Kevin Ireland, Michael Longley, Bill ManhireLorraine Mariner, Andrew Motion, Julian Stannard,  Anne Stevenson and Gillian Whitehead.

To listen to the speeches by Professor Rod Edmond and Professor Janet Wilson and to hear Fleur Adcock’s words of thanks, please use the player below or download the MP3 (11mb).

The Keynes Library

The Keynes Library
(Photo: Larissa Allwork)

About Dr Larissa Allwork

Dr Larissa Allwork worked at the University of Northampton School of the Arts (May 2012 - August 2015). She also participated in Professor Janet Wilson's EU-Marie Curie funded Constructions of Home and Belonging ITN. She continues to be affiliated to Dr Sonya Andermahr's Working Group for Interdisciplinary Research in Trauma, Narrative and Performance.

Posted on February 26, 2014, in Conferences, Events, School of the Arts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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