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2010 LSE Literary Festival

Consciousness and the City - Open Mic Event

Date: Wednesday 3 February 2010
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Three Tuns Underground Bar

The early twentieth century Imagist poets took a radical new look at their daily life and urban surroundings especially, producing very short poems built on a single, vivid image. Perhaps the most famous of these is Ezra Pound’s In A Station of the Metro(1913).

The apparition of these faces in the crowd:
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Taking this poem as a formal model, LSE students and staff are invited to submit on-line entries of their own short poems on the theme of change in the contemporary city. Entries will be broadcast on puLSE during January and February as well as on announcement screens across campus, the winners being announced at the open mic evening, where they will also be performed as part of a multi-media event.

The event, with complementary drinks, is hosted by the LSE Language Centre, Student Poetry Society and the MUSE Journal. It is free and open to all, with entry on a first come first served basis.

The entries should be submitted by the 29th of January to languages@lse.ac.uk|

with the subject marked CITY.

For any further questions and information about the event please contact Dr Olga Sobolev O.Sobolev@lse.ac.uk| and Dr Angus Wrenn A.J.Wrenn@lse.ac.uk|.

Sweeney Agonistes

Date: Wednesday 10 February 2010
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Shaw Library,6th floor, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Desai

In 1920s London, an émigré American went from working for a bank in the City to become the leading poet of his age. Despite the best efforts of other great writers of the day (Ezra Pound and Virginia Woolf) to ‘extricate’ him, T S Eliot relinquished his ‘day job’ in finance only with reluctance, and the City setting remains central to his most famous poem The Waste Land. It is perhaps therefore especially fitting that students in a School such as LSE, with such close links to the world of finance, should present Eliot’s short theatre piece from the same period Sweeney Agonistes.

A drinks reception and a discussion with Lord Desai will precede the theatre event, which will also feature live 1920s jazz and documentary footage.

Distinguished economist, emeritus professor at LSE and, since 1991 a life peer, Lord Desai has in recent years pursued a literary career of importance, including The Route of All Evil (a pioneering study of the American poet Ezra Pound’s economic theories published by Faber in 2006) and a novel, Dead On Time (2009).

This event is free and open to all, with entry on a first come first served basis. For further information please contact Dr Olga Sobolev O.Sobolev@lse.ac.uk| or Dr Angus Wrenn A.J.Wrenn@lse.ac.uk|.

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