Little Gidding
Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July 2011

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.

Saturday 9 July 2011

2.00pm ‘The Waste Land’: a reading
Peter Cochran and Jenny Sargent read ‘The Waste Land’
2.40pm ‘The Waste Land’: poem of hope or despair?
Talk and discussion between Nick Sagovsky and Hugh Black-Hawkins followed by questions.
3.30pm Afternoon tea
4.15pm Annual Little Gidding Lecture of the T S Eliot Society
Professor Steve Ellis
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
6.00 for 6.15pm Supper
Supper in the garden at Ferrar House with its delightful views of Little Gidding Church and south over the Huntingdonshire countryside.
Continuing the day’s theme of early Eliot,
Jonathan Cohen and his ‘Time Loves Changes’ jazz trio together with local poet Malcolm Guite present an evening of Eliot poetry and jazz and swing music from the 1920s and early 1930s.
8.45pm End of Saturday’s programme.

Sunday 10 July 2011

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

11.30am Welcome drinks
12 noon ‘Little Gidding’
Poets Simon Armitage and Robert Crawford read ‘Little Gidding’
12.30pm Lunch
1.45pm Publishing update
Professor Ronald Schuchard and others give the latest details of the publication of the complete works.
2.15pm On Reading Little Gidding at Little Gidding
Simon Armitage and Robert Crawford discuss with the audience their thoughts and feelings on reading the poem.
3.00pm Annual Little Gidding Lecture of the International Summer School
Professor Daniel Albright.
4.00pm Afternoon Tea
4.30pm Festival Choral Evensong in Little Gidding Church
5.15pm End of Festival programme

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.