2020 Annual General Meeting and Public Lecture

We are happy to announce that this year's AGM and Public Lecture, postponed in June, will now take place on December 10, 2020 on Zoom.

The AGM will be followed as is customery by the public lecture, this year delivered by David Ricks, Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at King's College London.

Details of the arrangements for the day:

AGM: 6 pm open to Society members only.
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Public Lecture: 7 pm open to all, please spread the word.

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‘Literature is news that STAYS news’: a backward glance at poems of 1920


The year 2020 hasn’t exactly been short of news, but Ezra Pound’s celebrated rallying-cry provides an antidote, if not a vaccine. On the eve of a wide-ranging set of events to mark the Greek Revolution of 1821, this lecture turns the clock back just one hundred years to revaluate some Greek poems which date (on one definition or another) to 1920. The poets in question represent minor poets who live through anthologies; better known poets some of whose best poems are neglected; influential poets whose signature poems always deserve another look. All poems will be translated.

David Ricks is Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature at King’s College London and (with Ingela Nilsson) Editor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies. He has written on many Greek poets of the twentieth century.