Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: Why Does it Still Resonate?

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Festival Room 1, Christ Church College


It is 650 years since Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales was first written, so how does it manage to still resonate with us? This session sets out to find out why. Canterbury Laureate 2009-2010 and Oxford Brookes University writing fellow Patience Agbabi performs from her new collection, Telling Tales, an inspired 21st- century remix of all the stories. Like Chaucer’s original competition, Telling Tales is a one-round poetry slam and the reader decides who wins. Agbabi is joined by novelist, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Mark Watson. Watson has published four novels and was recently winner of Celebrity Mastermind, with the specialist subject of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

Presented by the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University at the Oxford Literary Festival