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The Whitting Lecture 2022

24 FEBRUARY 2022


Atrium + John Colet Hall, St Paul's School

Join us for our biennial Whitting Lecture in memory of St Paul’s former History teacher from 1929 – 1963, Philip Whitting. His legacy at St Paul’s school continues through our Whitting Lecture.

This February, the Whitting Lecture will be delivered by Dr William Wootten; a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol. He is the editor of Reading Walter de la Mare (Faber, 2021) and the author of the critical study, The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter Porter  (Liverpool University Press, 2015).  His own poetry has been published in You Have a Visitor (Worple, 2016) and Looking at the Horsemen (New Walk, 2021).  He has been a book reviewer for publications including the Guardian, Literary Review, London Review of Books, New Statesman and Times Literary Supplement.

Walter de la Mare (1873-1956) was a novelist, short story writer, critic and anthologist but is best known for his poetry:  perennial favourites include the ghostly ‘The Listeners’ and the classic collection of rhymes for children, Peacock Pie.  In this talk Dr William Wootten will discuss some of Walter de la Mare’s best known poems against the backdrop of his life (including his schooldays at St Paul’s Cathedral School), his friendships and interests.

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