THEY ARE both Coventry cultural institutions; The Coventry Conversations and the Coventry Literary Festival. Now they are coming together for four events in May; three in the Ellen Terry Building and one at the Herbert. The set piece is the first ever Coventry University Literary Lecture on Wednesday, 20th May at 6pm in the Herbert Cafe. It will be delivered by distinguished literary biographer, Carole Angier, on ‘Jean Rhys, Primo Levi and I; A life in writing’. Admission is free.
In the Ellen Terry Building on Thursday 14th May at 1pm, ‘Cricket writing and the Caribbean’ is discussed by two of the great scholars of Caribbean Studies; Professors David Dabydeen of Warwick University and Clem Seecharan of London Metropolitan University.
On Tuesday 19th May at 1pm, there is a very Special Conversation with a ‘Special’ Horace Panter. The group are currently on a sell-out comeback tour and Horace is taking time out to talk about and read his poetry. On Wednesday 20th May at 1pm, again in the Ellen Terry Building, two Coventry first time novelists, Mez Packer and Amanda Smyth, talk about how to write a novel.
John Mair, inventor of the Coventry Conversation media lecture series, said: ”I am delighted to embrace the Coventry Literary Festival. Both the Festival and the Conversations bring the big names to Coventry and I hope there’s something here for everyone.”