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INSIGHTS Virtual Lectures: The Poetry of Uncertainty by Professor Sinéad Morrissey

Professor Sinéad Morrissey, Professor of Creative Writing, Newcastle University

Date/Time: Thursday 16 July 2020, 17:30 - 18:00

According to Alexandra Harris, Chair of the Forward Prizes 2020: “In times of distraction [poetry] can carve out a space of concentration. Poems can shake or shock or magnetise our ideas into new configurations”.

In this lecture Professor Morrissey will consider poetry’s urgency during moments of heightened social and cultural crisis, and asking how the form and language of poetry, so often derided for being difficult, obtuse or ambiguous, is part of its necessary and magnetising effect.

The lecture will be followed by a live Q&A with the speaker.