A life in letters: a tribute to Jenny Joseph

13 May 2018 11.30am 1.00pm


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

The Bodleian is proud to commemorate the life and work of poet Jenny Joseph.

Buckinghamshire-raised poet Jenny Joseph 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 also published short stories, children's books, prose and non-fiction work. She donated her literary archive to the Bodleian in 2017.

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 £12 including tea/coffee and a pastry
£10 concessions - over 60s | unemployed | students | under 18s

Booking is required. Tickets will not be available on the door. Each transaction is subject to a £1 booking fee.

The fastest way to book tickets is online. To book tickets by telephone please call the Ashmolean and Bodleian box office on +44 (0)1865 278112. Telephone transactions are subject to a £2 booking fee.

This event is rescheduled from 10 December 2017 - if you had a ticket for the original date and would like to attend this new date you will need to book again.


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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