11 April 2008
On 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 Bodleianís historic Convocation House. The reading, introduced by the publisher and poet, Andrew McNeillie, coincided with the Bodleianís 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: ĎThe Library is honoured to have captured for posterity this reading by one of Britainís most important poets in a room which echoes with the turbulent political and poetic voices of Miltonís own age.í
The event was co-organized with the Sunday Times and Blackwellís as part of the Oxford Literary Festival 2008.