Join us for a day of poetry, speech and music to celebrate Elizabeth Mackenzie

We are delighted to invite you for a day of poetry, speech and music to celebrate Elizabeth Mackenzie (1921–2021) as tutor, colleague and friend.

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2023

Location: Simpkins Lee Theatre, LMH

Refreshments will be available from 10.30 am.

The day’s programme will run from 11 am to 3.30 pm with a lunch break midway and tea served following the afternoon session.

Contributors to the programme include: Helen Barr, Richard Danson Brown, Eira Davis, Dame Frances Lannon, Lucasta Miller, Gillian Perrin, Mari Prichard, Nicholas Shrimpton & Susan Wollenberg.

Please find the schedule for the day below:

10.30   Coffee/tea (Monson Room)

11.00   Welcome

11.15   Clara Schumann, Prelude in G minor

                        Susan Wollenberg (piano)


Morning session

11.30   Richard Danson Brown: Introducing and reading ‘Discontinued’

11.45   Chris Ferguson: At the Races (introducing and reading W.B. Yeats, ‘Galway Races’)

12.00   Helen Barr: ‘Humane Studies of English’; and reading ‘Baby Grand’ and ‘L’uomo di sasso’

12.15   Eira Davis: Tutorials at 5 Fyfield Road in the ’Sixties


12.30    Lunch (Monson Room)


1.30     W.A. Mozart, Adagio from Sonata in D major, K 576

                        Susan Wollenberg (piano)


Afternoon SESSION

1.45     Nicholas Shrimpton: Introducing and reading Elizabeth Mackenzie’s four short poems set by Egon Wellesz as his ‘Four Songs of Return’ (published 1962)

2.00     Gill Perrin: Three Score Years

2.15     Lucasta Miller: Reading from T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets


2.30      Short break


2.45     Mari Prichard: Reading from the Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature

3.00     Dame Frances Lannon: Elizabeth in her Last Years

3.15     Franz Schubert, from the song cycles arr. for piano duo

                                    Christopher Churcher and Susan Wollenberg


3.30     Tea/coffee (Monson Room)

There is no charge for this event and you are welcome to bring a guest.

Please register here before Thursday 2nd November.

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We look forward to seeing you.