Little Gidding
Saturday 5 July and Sunday 6 July 2014

Saturday 5 July 2014

2.00pm Eliot’s Quatrain poems
read by Peter Cochran.
2.40pm Tarantula and The Possum: the friendship of John Hayward and T S Eliot
John Smart is the author of Tarantula’s Web: John Hayward, T S Eliot and their circle the acclaimed biography of Hayward, Eliot’s friend and collaborator.
3.40pm Afternoon tea
Festival-goers are invited to read a short piece or extract from the works of T S Eliot. (It would be helpful if you could notify us if you are interested in contributing to this. Please email
5.00pm Annual Little Gidding Lecture of the T S Eliot Society
Eliot’s Psychology
Sarah Cain
Sarah Cain is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she is Director of Studies in English. Her research interests include Anglo-American modernism. She will discuss Eliot’s graduate training at Harvard, his interest in various early 20th century forms of psychology, and their potential impacts on The Waste Land.
6.00pm Supper
Supper in the garden at Ferrar House with its delightful views of Little Gidding Church and south over the Huntingdonshire countryside.
7.30pm Evening Recital
Ruth Padel reads extracts from her new book of poetry Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth
The centre-piece of the book, published on 3 July, is a series of reflections on the Seven Last Words of Christ. Ruth will read these poems, set between the movements of Haydn’s Seven Last Words, which is performed by the Hereward Ensemble.Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet and writer, Teaching Fellow in Poetry at Kings College London and currently the first Writer in Residence at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. She was the main speaker at the first Eliot Festival in 2006.
8.45pm End of Saturday’s programme.

Sunday 6 July 2014

On Sunday the Festival will be joined by members of the T S Eliot International Summer School taking place at the University of London.

11am Welcome drinks
11.30am Vivienne

Clare McCaldin accompanied by Libby Burgess perform their acclaimed song-cycle telling the story of Eliot’s first wife Vivienne.

Further information on Vivienne at Clare McCaldin’s website.

12.30pm Lunch
1.15pm ‘Little Gidding’

Peter Cochran and Jenny Sargent read ‘Little Gidding’.

A moment always much anticipated at the Festival each year is the reading of ‘Little Gidding’ on the lawn in front of Little Gidding Church.

2.00pm Annual Little Gidding Lecture of the International Summer School
Frances Dickey
Eliot and Musical InventionFrances Dickey is member of the English faculty at the University of Missouri, and vice-chair of the (US) Eliot Society. She teaches courses on twentieth-century literature and American poetry, and specializes in modern poetry and its relations to other arts. She is currently co-editing Volume 3 of The Complete Prose of T S Eliot.
3.00pm Afternoon Tea
3.45pm Festival Choral Evensong in Little Gidding Church
4.30pm End of Festival programme

Note: all timings are approximate and may be subject to change. The details of speakers and talks are confirmed, but may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

The T S Eliot Festival is organized by the Friends of Little Gidding and the T S Eliot Society, with financial support from Old Possum’s Practical Trust.