TS Eliot Festival 2019

UPDATE: As of Sunday 30th June, the allocation of tickets is almost complete, and only a limited number now remain available – see the online booking page for details.

Sunday 7th July 2019 at Little Gidding

The annual TS Eliot Festival, an inspirational day of talks, readings, and discussions, will take place at Little Gidding on Sunday, 7th July 2019.

The Festival takes place in the garden of Ferrar House at Little Gidding, the church which inspired the last of Eliot’s Four Quartets, and which is open to visitors on the day.

This year’s Festival features award-winning author Ali Smith, and talks by Eliot authorities from both the US and the UK. There are scarce and First Edition Eliot books for sale, along with journals and other publications, and a chance to read Eliot to the audience yourself. And in addition to the programme of Eliot-related events, morning coffee, a two-course buffet lunch, and afternoon tea are all included in the ticket. It’s a great day for Eliot enthusiasts, a true celebration of TS Eliot and of Little Gidding.


10.30 Doors open, morning coffee

11.00 Welcome and introduction by Simon Kershaw, Chair of the Festival Committee



11.10 – 12.05  Michael Hrebeniak of Cambridge University on ‘The Epoch of Space: The Waste Land as Collage’;

12.10 – 1.10  Robert Von Hallberg of Claremont McKenna College, California on “The Authority of Moments and Locations: Little Gidding”

1.15 – 2.05 Lunch




2.05 – 2.15 Tony Cuda, Director of the International TS Eliot Summer School, will talk about the completion of The Complete Prose of TS Eliot and forthcoming plans

2.15 – 2.35 My Favourite Eliot – your opportunity to read to the Festival audience. Chaired by Guy Stagg, author of The Crossway

2.40 – 3.35 Mary Ann Lund, of the University of Leicester, ‘Meditating on Little Gidding part I’

3.45 Award-winning author Ali Smith (pictured above in the church) reads Little Gidding at Little Gidding

4.15 Afternoon Tea



All-day Ticket: £40 (including coffee, lunch and tea)

Members of the TS Eliot Society and the Friends of Little Gidding: £30 – see the booking page for details

Students: £20

Click here for online booking

(On the Select Tickets page, Members of the TS Eliot Society should click on Enter Promotional Code, and enter their Member Password in order to obtain their discount.)



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