Norfolk - Ninth Lecture

Norfolk - Ninth Lecture

Norfolk - Ninth Lecture
Tuesday 13 April 2021, 6.00pm to 7.30pm BST
Tuesday 13 April 2021, 6.00pm to 7.30pm BST
  • Online event
Hosted by the Norfolk Cambridge Society
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Friends and supporters
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Alumni and guests are invited to join the Cambridge Society, for their ninth Norfolk lecture with guest speaker Dr Corinna Russell, Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and a member of the university's Faculty of English. She will speak on “Why Poetry Matters” and will explore the profound contributions that poetry has made to the world, drawing on the works of Keats, Wheatley, and others.

We are particularly delighted that Dr Russell has agreed to be our ninth distinguished lecturer as she is from Norfolk (describing herself as a Bloater from Great Yarmouth). She is also an alumna of East Norfolk Sixth Form College, which she says she feels very fortunate to have attended.

Salman Rushdie has described a poet's work as being “to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep”.

Shelley described poets as “the unacknowledged legislators of the world”. Plato regarded poetry as being “nearer to vital truth than history.” It is for these reasons and many others that we thought “why poetry matters” an excellent subject for a lecture series celebrating the rigorous pursuit and dissemination of truth.

Booking information

Bookings made by Saturday 20 March will cost just £7.50 per household, however many are watching. After that date, the price will increase to £10 per household.

To reserve a space at this event please, contact Geoffrey Smart who is the event organiser by email using the link below.

If you are unfamiliar with watching Zoom-based webinars, nothing could be easier. All one needs to do is to click on the link we will send you a few days before the event and follow the simple instructions on the screen.

Revenue collected from our lectures is used to meet the Norfolk Cambridge Society's costs and to fund the NCS Student Awards, an annual competition awarding three £500 cash prizes to Norfolk students offered places at Cambridge University, for the best submissions on a topic relevant to making the world a better place.


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