English words, English music: A E Housman and George Butterworth

6 June 2017 1.00pm 1.45pm


Lecture Theatre, Weston Library (Map)


Peter Parker, biographer, historian and author of Housman Country (2016)


Weston Library Information desk 01865 277094


The names of A E Housman and George Butterworth are strongly linked in the English imagination. Although the two men never met, Butterworth's personal identification with Housman's 1896 volume of poems A Shropshire Lad resulted in his best-known compositions.

Peter Parker explores the characters of both Housman and Butterworth, and the perceived 'Englishness' of their poems and music. And, as the centenary of the First World War is being marked, he explains how these two men unwittingly became elegists for the generation of 1914.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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