Beckett at Reading 50th Anniversary
Celebrating the Beckett Exhibition of 1971
Organised by the Beckett International Foundation and the Beckett Research Centre
Minghella Studios, University of Reading, 4-5 November 2022

Friday 4 November 2022

13.30-14.00     Coffee and Registration

14.00-14.15     Opening Words

14.15-15.00     The Billie Whitelaw and Katharine Worth Collections (Jonathan Heron and Matthew McFrederick)

15.00-15.45     Academic Projects I: Staging Beckett (Anna McMullan and Trish McTighe) and Beckett’s Doodles (Jonathan Bignell and Bill Prosser)

15.45-16.15     Coffee Break

16.15–17.15     Three Dialogues: The Beckett Archive

Guy Baxter: A Peek between the Boxes: Continuity and Change in the Beckett Archive

Derval Tubridy: Upending Ekphrasis: Beckett and the livre d’artiste

Pascale Sardin: The Beckett Archive from a French Perspective

17.15-18.00     Barry McGovern: The Archive – ‘it’s another of my resources’


19.15-20.30     Beckett Fellowship Premiere:  Hannah Khalil’s ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Son’ (followed by a Q&A with Hannah Khalil and Maureen Beattie)

20.30-21.30     Wine Reception and Launch of the ‘In Memory of Mary Bryden: 20th Century French Drama Collection’

Saturday 5 November 2022

12.30-13.00     Coffee and Registration

13.00-14.15     Company

Trinity College Dublin (Julie Bates with Creative Fellows)

The Beckett Circle of Japan (recording)

The Beckett Society (Laura Salisbury)

The Happy Days Beckett Festival (Sean Doran)

14.15-15.00     Academic Projects II: Beckett Digital Manuscript Project (Dirk Van Hulle and Mark Nixon) / The Samuel Beckett Letters Project (recording)

15.00-15.30     Coffee Break

15.30-16.00     The Beckett Archive through the Years (Anna McMullan / Mark Nixon

A Message from Berlin (Walter Asmus; recording)

16.00-17.00    Roundtable: Beckett Studies

(Chair: Trish McTighe; Participants: Daniela Caselli, William Davies, Hannah Simpson, Katherine Weiss, Shane Weller)

17.00-17.30     Coffee Break

17.30-18.30     The Knowlson-Beckett Interview Tapes (James Knowlson)


19.30-20.45     Jan Jönson: ‘Moments of Reality’

20.45-21.30     Closing Remarks and Wine Reception


‘Let us do something, while we have the chance.’ The Origins of Reading’s Samuel Beckett Collection, University of Reading Library, University of Reading, 27 September 2022 – 13 January 2023:

‘A glimpse of the surface’: Samuel Beckett and Avigdor Arikha, The Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 4 October 2022 – 27 January 2023:


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