By Our Selves: screening of a unique film project about the poet John Clare

By Our Selves: screening of a unique film project about the poet John Clare

Friday, 31 October 2014, 18:00 to 19:00

By our Selves

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus



2014 marks 150 years since the death of arguably England’s most significant poet of the natural world, John Clare, in an asylum in Northampton.

Talks and performances will accompany the showing, responding to the poet’s 80-mile walk, reimagined by the film, from an Essex asylum, back to his home village of Helpston, Cambridgeshire.

Hosted by Professor Simon Kövesi of the Department of English and Modern Languages.

About the speakers


Andrew Kötting’s films include ‘Gallivant’, ‘This Filthy Earth’ and ‘This Our Still Life’. He is Professor of Time Based Media for the University of Creative Arts.

Iain Sinclair’s 2005 memoir Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare’s ‘Journey Out of Essex’, is the inspiration for ‘By Our Selves’. Other works include Ghost Milk and American Smoke.

Jem Finer was one of the founding members of The Pogues, cowriting many of their songs. He has been artist in residence at the Universities of Oxford and Bath.

Kirsten Norrie is an artist and musician. Her live art pieces engage with metaphysical and physical mass.


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Phone: +44 (0) 1865 484864


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