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The Derek Walcott Postgraduate Reading Group

1 December 2017

This is the fifth annual postgraduate reading group in an already well-established series focusing on classical antiquity and its legacy in (post-)modernist writers.

Postgraduates are warmly invited to attend this weekly reading group, hosted by Dr Laura Jansen of the Department of Classics and Ancient History and Mr Richard Cole (Classics PGR). The reading group follows on from the Calvino Postgraduate Reading Group of 2016-17; the Nietzsche for Non-Philosophers postgraduate reading group of 2015-16; the Borges Postgraduate Reading Group of 2014-15; and the Browning Reading Group of 2013-14.

Our focus this year is on the oeuvre of Saint Lucian author, Derek Walcott (1930-2017), whose writings include poetry, plays, and critical essays. We will be looking at works such as Omeros, essays from What the Twilight Says, including ‘The Muse of History’ and ‘Epic Fragments’, and Walcott’s own artwork. Participants are expected to commit to regular attendance and taking turns in starting off the discussion. The group will run five weekly sessions starting on 27th April 2018, and will be held in 2E4, Priory Road Complex, E Block, Faculty of Arts.

All those interested in attending should get in touch with the organisers: and

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