16th Apr 2012Robert Browning and the Pied PiperAn evening of suspense, surprise and intrigue in celebration of an iconic poem.
Poet in the City and the Browning Society held a special event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Browning and his iconic poem The Pied Piper.
Browning’s narrative poems are one of the great achievements of British poetry. In particular his Pied Piper transforms the fairy tale into a dark, disturbing vision, which has had a lasting impact on our cultural landscape.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin was be read in its entirety by acclaimed actress Harriet Walter.
Margaret Reynolds is Professor ot English at Queen Mary University of London, presenter of Radio 4’s Adventures in Poetry and the author of The Sappho History (2003).
Pamela Neville-Sington is the author of Robert Browning: A Life After Death, also Fanny Trollope: The Life and Adventures of a Clever Woman and, together with David Sington, Paradise Dreamed: How Utopian Thinkers Have Changed the Modern World.
Danny Karlin is Winterstoke Professor of English Literature at Bristol University. An expert on Victorian poetry, particularly Robert and Elizabeth Barret Browning, he has edited The Poems of Robert Browning (2007) and Browning: Selected Poems (2010).
Lee Jackson is the author of Victorian London (2004), editor of A Dictionary of Victorian London (2006), and has written seven historical thrillers. He has also created the Victorian London website, a comprehensive source of information on life in Victorian London.
Harriet Walter is an acclaimed actress who has performed extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company where amongst other roles, she played Cleopatra in ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ alongside Patrick Stewart. Her film credits include Atonement, Sense and Sensibility and Bright Young Things. She currently stars in popular ITV series Law & Order: UK.Julija Gulbinovic's interviews with Danny Karlin, Lee Jackon, Pamela Neville-Sington and Scott Lewis, President of the Browing Society can be found on the audio page
For more information on the Browning Society visit www.browningsociety.org