Geoffrey Hill at the Bodleian Library

11 April 2008

Geoffrey_HillOn Friday, 4 April 2008, Geoffrey Hill, the acclaimed critic and poet, read verse by John Milton as well as his own poetry including pieces from his latest collection, A Treatise of Civil Power in the Bodleian’s historic Convocation House.  The reading, introduced by the publisher and poet, Andrew McNeillie, coincided with the Bodleian’s current exhibition on John Milton.

Marking the occasion, manuscripts relating to the work of Geoffrey Hill and recently acquired by the Bodleian Library as part of the Clutag Press archive, were on display. 

Dr Chris Fletcher, Head of Western Manuscripts, said: ‘The Library is honoured to have captured for posterity this reading by one of Britain’s most important poets in a room which echoes with the turbulent political and poetic voices of Milton’s own age.’

The event was co-organized with the Sunday Times and Blackwell’s as part of the Oxford Literary Festival 2008. 

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