The New Poetry and Penguin Modern Poets 50 Years

A celebratory day conference and evening event on Penguin poetry and the 1960s

16 March 2012 at the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol

Conference (includes evening public lecture)

Plenaries: Al Alvarez, John Fuller, Edward Lucie Smith and Tom Raworth

During the day, there will be a lecture by Edward Lucie-Smith, and paper by Geoff Ward. The conference will culminate with public plenary sessions  in the evening: Al Alvarez in conversation, followed by a reading from three of the original Penguin Modern Poets: John Fuller, Edward Lucie-Smith and Tom Raworth.

Our plenary speakers:

Programme details

Conference registration (secure on-line payment)

Registration is open to all

Cheques to be made out to 'University of Bristol' and sent to S Barlow, BIRTHA, University of Bristol, 7 Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1TB

 Please contact us if you have any queries.


The Royal West of England Academy are running the following exhibition celebrating the extensive Penguin Archive held in the University of Bristol Library, Special Collections.

Penguin Parade: Celebrating the Penguin Books Archive


Evening event - Public Lecture

Organised and supported by the Public and Ceremonial Events

The evening event includes Al Alvarez in conversation, and poetry readings from John Fuller, Edward Lucie-Smith and Tom Raworth.

6 pm, Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road,  free and open to all, registration essential see below for details.


Evening event registration

The event is open to the public and is free, although as places are limited, advanced registration is strongly advised. Conference delegates will automatically be registered for the public lecture in the evening. 

If you are not attending the full day conference, and wish to register for the evening event only you can do so at: