Poet - Composer

8-9 September 2007

Conference Programme



Conference Documents

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Registration Form (pdf)

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News & Notices

  • We are pleased to announce that
    Professor Dame Gillian Beer, Mr Hugh Wood,
    Dr Vivien Noakes,
    and Ms Alison Hennegan will be chairing panels at the conference.
  • SPEAKERS who wish to use any audio-visual equipment (such as powerpoint, cd-players etc), please notify the organisers of their requirements by emailing the technical officer here. 
  • We would be grateful if DELEGATES ensure that all payments are made by
    Wednesday 5 September unless prior arrangements have been made with the organisers.



Kate Kennedy
Clare Hall, Cambridge
Conference Organiser
e: kma23@cam.ac.uk 

Trudi Tate
Fellow and Tutor of
Clare Hall, Cambridge
Conference Organiser

e: tt206@cam.ac.uk 

James Allum
Conference Assistant
- for registration inquiries

e: james.allum@tiscali.co.uk
t: +44 (0)1223 233834 


Site Meter

All sessions in Conference Room unless otherwise stated. 

All meals are taken in the Dining Room of Lucy Cavendish College.

Saturday, 8 September 2007
08:00      Breakfast
09:15       Registration and Coffee
09:40      Welcome
               Dr Trudi Tate (Clare Hall, Cambridge)
Session 1
09:50      Keynote Address I
                ‘What did they expect?’
               Professor Kelsey Thornton (Newcastle University)
10:50      Coffee and Tea
Session 2 Chair: Dr Trudi Tate (Clare Hall, Cambridge)
11:20       Ivor Gurney's Illness - The Tide of Darkness
               Pamela Blevins
11:50       Brightly Coloured and Extremely Cheap: 
		The Early 20th Century Asylum
               James Allum
12:20       Questions and discussion
12:40      Lunch
Session 3 Chair: Alison Hennegan (Trinity Hall, Cambridge)
13:45       Ivor Gurney's Shell-shock
               Professor Mark A R Facknitz 
		(James Madison University, Harrisonburg VA)
14:15        ‘Asylum-Made lunatics’: Life inside Dartford
               Kate Kennedy (Clare Hall, Cambridge)
14:45       Questions and discussion
15:15      Coffee and Tea
Session 4 Chair: Dr Vivien Noakes
15:45       Ivor Gurney and the Poetics of War 
		– An Intensification of the Georgian Aesthetic
               Charles Mueller (Florida State University)
16:15       "That Awkward Squad": Ivor Gurney and John Clare 
		in the Line of English Poetry.
               Sally Minogue
16:45       Questions and discussion
18:15        Poetry Reading in the Bar
Sunday, 9 September 2007
08:00      Breakfast
Session 5 Chair: Dame Gillian Beer (Cambridge University)
09:30      The 'Mad' Songs of Ivor Gurney
               Richard Carder
10:00       What Makes a Song-Cycle a Cycle? 
		- Strategies of Poetic Association in Gurney 
		and some other composers of his age
               Peter Palmer
10:30       Questions and discussion
11:00       Coffee and Tea
Session 6
11:30      Keynote Address II
               Gurney the Musician
               Prof. Stephen Banfield (Bristol University)
12:30       Lunch
Session 7 Chair: Hugh Wood
13:45       Gurney's Duality: Well-Spring, correlations 
		and conflicts
               Philip Lancaster
14:15       The Songs of Ivor Gurney - A 21st Century Composer's  
               Ian Venables
14:45       Questions and discussion
15:15       Move to Clare Hall College, Herschel Road 
		Click here for a map and directions 
16:00       Recital of English Songs 
               Andrew Kennedy, Tenor
               Joseph Middleton, Piano
17:00       Drinks and Closing