A Double Sorrow

Wednesday 23 April 2014, 6.00PM

Lavinia Greenlaw’s A Double Sorrow, is an unforgettable retelling of Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde – said to be his finest poem and one of the most captivating love stories ever written.  It is published by Faber and Faber in March 2014.  The reading will be preceded by a talk on Chaucer’s double sorrow by Kenneth Clarke (York).

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London where she has lived for most of her life.  Her poetry includes The Casual Perfect and Minsk.  She has also published novels and two works of non-fiction: The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland.  Her interest in image-making and questions of perception, both central to Troilus and Criseyde, led her to study seventeenth-century Dutch art at the Courtauld Institute and to become the first artist-in-residence at the Science Museum.  Her work for BBC radio includes programmes about the Arctic, the Baltic, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop.

A Writers at York and Centre for Medieval Literature (CML) event.

Writers at York is supported by the University of York’s External Engagement Awards.

Location: Huntingdon Room, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, York

Admission: All welcome, admission free

Email: matthew.campbell@york.ac.uk

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