19 September 2015
The Worcestershire poet William Langland wrote his epic poem Piers Plowman 650 years ago. His quest for how to live a good moral life still moves us, disturbs us and makes us laugh.
Five distinguished speakers discuss Langland and medieval life. Sessions will be held in King’s School Theatre. Attendees should use nearby car parks and enter the Cathedral precinct on foot via Edgar Tower, Edgar Street, WR1 2LR.
- Tea/Coffee available
10.00 Session 1: Introducing Piers Plowman
Dr Carl Schmidt, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, editor of the standard edition of the original Middle English text of the poem
11.00 Session 2: The Literary Context of the Poem
Dr Lawrence Warner, Senior Lecturer in Medieval English at King’s College, London, and Director of the International Piers Plowman Society
- Session 3: Medieval Music & Minstrelsy (live music)
Frances Eustace, medieval music specialist and performer
- Buffet lunch in the Cathedral Chapter House
- Session 4: Medieval Monasticism
The Right Reverend Dom Aidan Bellenger, OSB, former parish priest of Saint Wulstan’s, Malvern, and Abbot of Downside
- Session 5: The Life of Langland
Peter Sutton, author of a new verse translation of the poem
Followed by discussion and questions to all speakers
16.45 Tea/Coffee available
- Choral Evensong in the Cathedral (optional)
Tickets £30 to include tea/coffee and lunch are available from Worcester Live Box Office, tel. 01905 611427, Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester WR1 3LD. Bookings are accepted until 12 September. For full details see the Cathedral website www.worcestercathedral.co.uk.
For disabled access contact the Cathedral, Tel. 01905 732900 – All profits after expenses go to Cathedral funds. A joint event of Worcester Cathedral – Autumn in Malvern Festival – International Piers Plowman Society.