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Shakespeare’s Globe to host readings of acclaimed Professor’s poetry

The renowned Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on London's South Bank will play host to readings of poetry by internationally recognised writers this month, key among them Roehampton's TS Eliot Prize winner David Harsent.

Posted: 4 September 2015

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Professor David Harsent, whose poetry will be performed at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

As part of The Voice and The Echo season, actors will perform classical works by poets George Herbert, William Blake and Gerard Manley Hopkins, before following up with poetic responses from some of the 21st century's most acclaimed writers.

Professor Harsent selected Bowland Beth from Fire Songs, for which he won the TS Eliot award in response to Hopkins' The Windhover, both of which will be performed on Saturday 5 September.

He has written a new work exclusively for the Globe's season, Rose Red to the Open Wound, which will be read in response to Blake's The Sick Rose on Wednesday 9 September.

Actors and musicians will perform the classic works by candlelight during the performances before the modern responses are given. As well as Professor Harsent, other contributors include Carol Ann Duffy, Michael Longley and Sean O'Brien.

Shakespeare's Globe describes The Voice and The Echo season and 'a melting pot of classic and contemporary poetry,' and said audiences were bound to enjoy a memorable and evocative evening.

David Harsent is one of nine professors in the University's Department of English and Creative Writing. Places are still available at Roehampton for 2015 start and 2016 start undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing. The department is ranked among the top 20 in the UK by the 2016 Guardian newspaper University Guide.

English Literature students study topics as varied as children's literature, crime fiction, Shakespeare, film, stand-up comedy and Victorian novels.

Roehampton is one of a small number of universities to offer Creative Writing students an innovative fiction and poetry and strong non-fiction strands in its teaching. Recent modules have included travel writing, with an opportunity to study abroad, screenwriting, writing for the internet and for stand-up comedy.

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