The Beckett International Foundation held the 2017 Beckett Research Seminar on Saturday 20 May, 10am-4pm. The event was held in the Conference Room of Special Collections, University of Reading, the Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, Reading.

As in previous years, our speakers represent a mixture of research students as well as established local and international scholars, reflecting current research into Beckett's work. They were Anthony Roche (University College Dublin), Everett Frost (New York University, emeritus), Matthew McFrederick (University of Reading), Emilie Morin (University of York) and Jean-Michel Gouvard (Université de Bordeaux).

The programme was as follows:

10.00-10.30: Tea / Coffee
10.30-11.00: Professor Anthony Roche (University College Dublin), 'Beckett's Embers and the Death of the Father'.
11.00-11.20: Discussion
11.20-11.50: Professor Everett Frost (Emeritus, New York University), 'Darkness (In)Visible: Acoustic Scenography in Beckett's Radio Plays and Other Drama'
11.50-12.10: Discussion
12.10-12.30: Tea / Coffee
12.30-1.00: Matthew McFrederick (University of Reading), '"I spoke to Sam Last Night, He says it's OK": Pinter and Krapp's Last Tape'
1.00-1.20. Discussion
1.20-2.20 Lunch
2.20-2.50: Dr Emilie Morin (University of York) 'Beckett's Political Imagination'
2.50-3.10: Discussion
3.10-3.40: Professor Jean-Michel Gouvard (Université de Bordeaux), 'The Jouer Beckett / Performing Beckett project': see
3.40-4.00: Discussion and closing remarks.