A life in letters: a tribute to Jenny Joseph

10 December 2017 12.00pm 1.30pm


Convocation House, Old Bodleian Library (Map)


Miriam Margolyes, OBE


Weston Library Information desk 01865 277094


Reading of the prose and poetry of Jenny Joseph by Miriam Margolyes OBE

On Sunday the 10 of December, the Bodleian celebrates Jenny Joseph's donation of her literary archive with a reading featuring a selection of Jenny's poems and previously unseen extracts from her archive.

Buckinghamshire-raised poet Jenny Joseph was born in 1932 and won a scholarship to St Hilda's College, Oxford, graduating in English in 1953. She published her first poetry collection (the Gregory Award winning The Unlooked-for Season) in 1960. Her second collection, 1974's Rose in the Afternoon and other Poems, included what has become her most famous and widely anthologised poem, 'Warning' (When I am an old woman I shall wear purple). She has also published short stories, children's books, prose and non-fiction work.

Image of Miriam MargolyesAward-winning actress, Miriam Margolyes, has an abundance of film and television credits to her name, as well as numerous appearances on the West End and Broadway. In 2002, she was awarded an OBE for her services to Drama.

Image of Jenny Joseph (© Jane Bown/Guardian News & Media)
Image of Miriam Margolyes (© Jennifer Robertson Kyte Photography)


Tickets cost £8, including tea/coffee and a pastry.

Please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance. Tickets will not be available on the door.


Entrance to the event will be via the door to Chancellors Court which is to the right of the Wren Door entrance to Divinity School, in the courtyard between the Divinity School and the Sheldonian Theatre: www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/whatson/find-us.

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