Denise Riley is an acclaimed English poet and philosopher who began to be published in the 1970s.
She wrote War in the Nursery; Theories of the Child and Mother 1983; ‘Am I that Name?’ Feminism and the Category of 'Women' in History 1988; The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony 2000; The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle 2004; Impersonal Passion: Language As Affect 2005 and Time Lived, Without Its Flow 2012.
Denise has published collections of poetry including Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Douglas Oliver and Ian Sinclair 1996 and Denise Riley: Selected Poems 2000. Currently she teaches part-time for UEA, Norwich.
Frances Leviston grew up in Edinburgh and Sheffield, and read English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2006. Public Dream, her first collection, was published in 2007 by Picador and shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the Jerwood-Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. Her second collection, Disinformation, will be published by Picador in February 2015. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, The Times, the TLS, Edinburgh Review, Granta/British Council New Writing, and various anthologies. She works as a freelance writer and writing tutor and lives in Durham.
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5pm, Tuesday 17 February 2015 Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum
CIDRAL Public Lecture: Denise Riley (UEA): On the Lapidary Style
‘The lapidary style’ suggests a manner of writing which runs close to working a material – carving lettering into rock, cutting a gem into fine facets. Poised between the properties of the stone and of the jewel, this term echoes the tensions of the poem itself. This talk will range over the curious nature of ‘style’, the virtues of concision and incisiveness, the ‘materiality’ of language, and epigraphy in a digital age. The ‘lapidary’ shows us the profound implication of a ‘style’ with semantic meaning.
10am, Wednesday 18 February 2015, University Place 2.219
CIDRAL Theory Intensive: On the Affect of Language (with Denise Riley)
with Denise Riley (UEA), Jackie Stacey (CIDRAL) and Janet Wolff (EAC)