Published: 19 February 2016

Surrey welcomes Gwyneth Lewis to the 41st Morag Morris Poetry Lecture

The School of English & Languages was proud to host esteemed poet Gwyneth Lewis (National Poet of Wales 2005-6) as the guest speaker of the University’s 41st annual Morag Morris Poetry Lecture.

With a fantastic attendance of 70 University students, sixth formers, staff and members of the local community Gwyneth delivered her lecture ‘The Poetry Detective’ which examined how methods of police detection and investigation can be used to take a fresh look at unlocking the mysteries of difficult texts.

Emphasising the importance of performance in bringing the text to life and offering fresh interpretations, the lecture was supported by Guildford School of Acting (GSA) students, William Gowers, Angharad Berrow and Annabelle Mackinnon Austin, who performed some of the more challenging pieces.

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The Morag Morris Lecture kicks off the University of Surrey’s 2016 programme of Creative Writing events, to be followed by the Surrey New Writers Festival at Glive on Saturday 14th May. The festival will feature interactive discussion panels of novelists, scriptwriters, literary agents and publishers, as well as a keynote address from award winning author and University of Surrey Distinguished Writer in Residence, Monica Ali. In addition, the Surrey Poetry Festival, this year titled The Poetry Stage, organised by Surrey Poet-in-Residence, Prudence Chamberlain, will also run throughout the afternoon at the same venue, featuring readings and discussions by innovative poets from across the UK.

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