Robert Lowell & Marianne Moore: Back To The Beginning

18th October 2017 19:00
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Robert Lowell and Marianne Moore: Back to the Beginning

Why do we rake over the coals of yesterday? In the centenary anniversary year of Robert Lowell’s birth and alongside the publication of the New Collected Poems of Marianne Moore, Poet in the City and Faber will explore why both of these great American poets reworked early poems in later life. Through debate, performance and psychology, we will probe the practice of revision. Poet Declan Ryan and Dr. Fiona Green will discuss Lowell’s and Moore’s life and poetry, with actor Geoffrey Streatfeild reading their works. Interrogating our obsession with the past will be psychotherapist Dr. Susie Orbach.

Dr. Fiona Green
 is a Senior Lecturer in American Literature at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Jesus College. With research specialising in American poetry and history, Fiona is the author of publications such as ‘Marianne Moore and the Hidden Persuaders’, in Writing for The New Yorker: critical essays on an American periodical, and ‘Form in Modernist Poetry’, in The Cambridge History of Modernist Poetry, eds. Alex Davis and Lee M. Jenkins. Fiona has also made appearances on BBC Radio talking about these topics.

Dr. Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist and writer. With Luise Eichenbaum, Orbach created the Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 and the Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in New York, in 1981. She has been a consultant for The World Bank and the NHS. Her ground-breaking first book, Fat is a Feminist Issue (London: Paddington Press, 1978), remains one of the most widely read texts of the British women's liberation movement. She has reshaped psychoanalytic thinking by insisting on a gendered understanding of human development. She is convenor of Endangered Bodies, which challenges contemporary culture that promotes negative body image.

Declan Ryan was born in Mayo, Ireland and lives in London. His debut pamphlet was published in the Faber New Poets series in 2014. He reviews regularly for the TLSLos Angeles Review of Books and elsewhere. Recently, his essay on Robert Lowell's work was published on the Faber website to commemorate his centenary.

Geoffrey Streatfeild is an English actor and has worked extensively in film, television, stage and radio. As well as starring in hit BBC series Spooks and The Thick of it, Geoffrey’s notable film and TV roles also include The Other Boleyn Girl and Kinky Boots. On stage, Geoffrey has appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Histories" company in many roles including Prince Hal/Henry V and Richard III.
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