LitSoc Newsletter – 02/02/12

Hello LitSocers!

This is our new fortnightly newsletter, which will ping into your inbox every other Thursday with details of events that are going on, upcoming socials and other bits and pieces we think you might be interested in. It’ll also be up on the Rabbit Books blog. If you have any Literature related news or events that you would like to be included, please email the details/links to me at

Events (in and outside of Colchester)

This might be one mainly for second year Lit students, as it on the Early Modern course. The Old Vic is opening The Duchess of Malfi on 28th March 2012, with previews from 17th March, until 9th June 2012, with tickets starting from £10. Tickets can be booked online here.

The Southbank Centre are holding a poetry event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on the 21st March at 7.30pm, featuring Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Helen Dunmore, Seamus Heaney and Michael Longley for just £15. This is set to be an amzing event, and to see all these poets (including the Poet Laureate and a Nobel Prize winner!) for just £15 is an incredible price. Tickets available from the event page on the Southbank’s website here.

Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination at the British Museum – I spotted the write up for this exhibition on the A Little Bird website, and they’ve put it so well that you can read their recommendation: “We cannot urge you to see this exhibition enough. It is the Royal collection of 154 hand written books, dating from between the 9th and 16th centuries. The books and illuminations, all once owned by kings and queens of England, have to be seen to be believed, they are so astonishingly beautiful. Not only that, it’s like a flood light suddenly going on in terms of the insight you get into Royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, faith, learning and international politics in medieval and Renaissance England.
So there you are, looking at ‘a book of life’ commissioned by King Cnut and Queen Emma in 1031, which shows them looking just as they should in their crowns and robes, and you turn a corner and there is Wolsey’s Bible, complete with his margin jottings on how he might build an argument to obtain a divorce for Henry VIII. There are history books, instructive books (on love, astrology, how to behave as a knight), a treatise on hygiene and diet, books of genealogy (pretty important if you are king), and many Bibles and Psalters – the most astonishing of which was commissioned by Henry VIII around 1540, for his own private use. “Note who is blessed,” he has written in latin in the margin of a page with an instantly recognisable picture of himself in his bedchamber reading. It is quite something to see Henry VIII’s own hand writing. But that is just one of the many highlights in a show which is made up of treasure after treasure after treasure.”
More info, prices and dates etc here.

The 18th-26th February is Jewish Book Week, and there are lots of talks and events going on in London to celebrate it. The programme is available here, but lots are booked up already, so be quick if you want to get a ticket!

The Lakeside Theatre on Campus has got some great events coming up. Aside from the awesome theatre they have going on, they’re also holding events for the Essex Book Festival at the beginning of March. If you can’t get to the Southbank gig, Simon Armitage is coming to Uni, so this is definitely one not to miss out on!! I’ll be booking tickets to see Luke Wright and Ross Sutherland on Saturday the 10th March (£3 tickets!), and to see Simon Armitage and Glyn Maxwell on Sunday 11th (Tickets just £5!). Tickets are available from the Arts on 5 website:


Our bowling social at the end of January went fantastically, and we’re working on Februarys social. Details of the socials will be on our facebook group, but will also be included in the next newsletter for those of you who haven’t joined the group.

Other Interesting Tidbits!

Our facebook group is here, and you can sign up for memberships at or at the SU reception desk (above the bakery on Square 3).

In other news, the BOOKPLATE bookclub (also on Facebook here) will be meeting this coming Monday (6th February) to discuss Jamrach’s Menagerie, and details of the event are here
March’s meeting will be on the 5th March, discussing The Tigers Wife, and details are here.
Please let me know if you’d like to come along, and feel free to join the facebook group to keep up to date on the events. It’s a really good night, full of carbs and name stickers!!

Our LitSoc vice-president, Rachel McGrath, is also the Music Editor for The Rabbit, and she needs writers!! If you’d like to write about music for the Uni paper and/or the Rabbit Music blog, please get in touch with her at

Have a great fortnight!!


President of the Literature Society 2011-12 (sign up for Litsoc 2011-12 here!)

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