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Reading and In Conversation: Olive Senior

Back in the UK for a rare visit, Olive’s York event will highlight her new collection of short stories 'The Pain Tree'. She will also discuss her award-winning work of non-fiction, 'Dying to Better Themselves'.


Kneeling, Calling and the Medieval Self

Isabel Davis (Birkbeck) will give this year's Annual Riddy Lecture.

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