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After Paradise: a lecture on Eden, gardens and Milton's Paradise Lost

Venue: Birkbeck Clore Management Centre

After Paradise: a lecture on Eden, gardens and Milton’s Paradise Lost

We invite you to join us for this filmed lecture, followed by a live discussion between Olivia Laing and Julia Bell, Reader in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London. 

The event will be held at Birkbeck's Clore centre on our main campus, in beautiful Bloomsbury, central London. Don't miss out, book your place now!

This lecture is part of the William Matthews memorial lectures series. In 1981, Birkbeck received a bequest from the estate of the late Professor William Matthews for an annual lecture on either the English language or medieval English literature. The lectures alternate between these subjects. Find out more about the previous annual lectures that have been hosted.

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  • Olivia Laing -

    Olivia Laing is the author of six books, including To the River (2011), The Lonely City (2016) and Everybody: A Book About Freedom (2021). Her novel Crudo (2018) won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and in 2018 she was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her books have been translated into 19 languages, and in 2020 her collected essays on art were published as Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency. She’s currently working on a book about gardens and paradise.