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Speakers and readers


  • Michael Schmidt (OBE) founded the Carcanet Press in Oxford (1969) before moving to Manchester where he also edits PN Review. He was Jennings’s friend and publisher from 1967. He took on Jennings and published her work for over fifty years.


  • Professor Emma Mason (University of Warwick) edited Elizabeth Jennings: The Collected Poems (Carcanet, 2012). She met the poet and has interviewed friends and members of her family. She publishes widely on poetry and religion.


  • Dr Dana Greene (Emory University) has written several biographies and her biography of Elizabeth Jennings, the first of its kind, is forthcoming. She lectures on topics related to biography, spirituality and poetry.


  • Dr Hester Jones (University of Bristol) has published broadly on English poetry from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries.



  • Dr Jane Dowson (De Montfort University, Leicester) has worked on British women poets for over twenty years. Her publications include A Cambridge History to Twentieth-Century Women’s Poetry and The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth Century British Women’s Poetry that feature Jennings.