Round Table Discussions

John Wilkinson  – The Lyric Touch

Wilkinson book cover

Round Table Discussion

June 23rd 2011

The Centre for Modernist Studies sponsored this one-day conference on the poet and academic John Wilkinson’s collection of criticism The Lyric Touch (Salt, 2007). John Wilkinson, who is Professor of Practice in the Arts at the University of Chicago, attended and gave a paper written for the event. In total there were twelve speakers, from institutions including Chicago, South University (Savannah, GA), Cambridge, Oxford, UEA, Sussex and Southampton. The list of speakers included Peter Middleton, Keston Sutherland, and Robin Purve and a number of Sussex graduate students such as Francesca Lisette, Joe Luna, and Hannah Roche.

Following the success of a similar event in 2009 on Simon Jarvis’s Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song, the aim of the event was to create a setting for the focused discussion of a single important text in the presence of the text’s author, who was then able to respond to presentations and, in this case, deliver new work of his own.

Event Director – Alex Pestell (Sussex graduate student).

Simon Jarvis –

Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song

Simon Jarvis Wordsworth Philosophic Song

Round Table Discussion


This one-day event was dedicated to a day-long discussion of Simon Jarvis’s celebrated work Wordsworth’s Philosophic Song (2006). Speakers included Peter Middleton from Southampton, Keston Sutherland from Sussex, and Simon Jarvis himself attended the day in its entirety. Peter Middleton praised the event as highly productive and enjoyable, and it formed the model for the 2010 discussion of John Wikinson’s The Lyric Touch.

Event director – Michael Kindellan (Sussex graduate).