Explore the influence of Beckett's work and enjoy unparalleled access to his manuscripts!

Beckett Week 2018 will take place at the University of Reading in the penultimate week of November (19th - 25th November). The Samuel Beckett Research Centre will host a range of public and academic events designed to explore the influence of Beckett's work and give participants unparalleled access to archive materials held in the University's Special Collections. Confirmed events can be found below. Other events will be posted in due course.

  • Thursday 22nd November
    Modernist Archives in Context: Periodicals
    This event invites academics, practitioners, postgraduates and other interested parties to engage in discussions surrounding Samuel Beckett’s involvement in Modernist periodicals. It seeks to contextualise the human and material dynamics in which authors like Beckett operated, and offers an opportunity to engage with archival material. The event, supported by the Samuel Beckett Research Centre, will use the Beckett archive at Reading to explore the diverse literary and performance networks that continue to spread across disciplines and genres.
  • Friday 23rd November
    Modernist Archives in Context: Performance

    As part of Beckett Week at Reading 2018, this event will discuss Samuel Beckett’s creative relationships in theatre. It will explore Beckett’s lasting influence as a playwright and director, with close reference to Billie Whitelaw and Jocelyn Herbert’s papers, held in the Reading archives, as well as to the Staging Beckett database.
  • Saturday 24th November
    Beckett International Foundation Seminar (30th Anniversary celebration)
    More information about this event will be posted in due course.

Fees for the Modernist Archives in Context: Periodicals and Performance
This 2-day conference will include lunches and refreshments, as well as attendance of research panels, hands-on workshops, a keynote on modernist periodicals by Professor Andrew Thacker, and a Q&A with additional invited speaker(s). Fees are as follows:

  • Postgraduates and unwaged: £10 for one day or £15 for both days
  • Early Career Researchers: £15 for one day or £25 for both days
  • Fully waged:  £25 for one day or £40 for both days

Contact archivesincontext@gmail.com for more information.

The Beckett International Foundation Annual Seminar will be charged separately.