The Faerie Queene

The Faerie Queene event is taking place from 6.30pm on Monday 7th March 2011 in Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. The event itself will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Edmund Spenser’s work is the great epic poem of Elizabethan England, complex and brilliant, revealing both the spiritual energy and the dark intolerance of his age. This event will provide an insight into The Faerie Queene and Spenser’s world view, and a thought provoking exploration of his continuing relevance in the 21st Century. Featuring:

David Fuller, Professor of English and former Orator of Durham University, taking us inside the remarkable world of Spenser’s stanza.

Bart Van Es, of St Catherine’s College Oxford, an eminent scholar of Spenser, on the significance of The Faerie Queene.

New verse by distinguished poets Jo Shapcott, Michael Symmons-Roberts, Andrew Shanks, and Ewan Fernie.

Monawar Hussain, Islamic chaplain at Eton College, on the resonances of The Faerie Queen in Muslim communities.

Original drama piece by Simon Palfrey, directed by Elisabeth Dutton, both of Oxford University, performed by an ensemble of professional actors, Oxford students, and inner-city comprehensive schoolchlidren.

Composer and virtuoso Tim Garland, playing his own specially commissioned music inspired by The Faerie Queene.

And, the celebrated Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, conducted by Rupert Gough,
performing music from the time of Spenser.

The Faerie Queene event is being held in partnership with ‘The Faerie Queen Now’ Project, a year long collaboration celebrating the legacy of Edmund Spenser’s work, with a generous grant from the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, and support for the music from the PRS for Music Foundation and LCACE.

How to buy tickets

Booking now open online, by phone or in person from the Kings Place box office:

Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online via
Otherwise tickets cost £11.50.
Box Office 020 7520 1490

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