Sidmouth Library hosts Betjeman talk

PUBLISHED: 13:14 03 April 2012

Sir John Betjeman on the cover of his Collected Poems, published by John Murray

Sir John Betjeman on the cover of his Collected Poems, published by John Murray

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Exeter University lecturer explores poet's preoccupation with people's environment

A LECTURER from Exeter University will give an illustrated talk about Betjeman’s Devon at Sidmouth Library in April.

Dr Paul Williams, lecturer in 20th century literature, will argue that Sir John Betjeman used popular forms of expression to find a voice for the theme of public interaction that he wanted to protect in Britain’s towns and villages, when he speaks at the library from 6.30pm until 7.45pm on Wednesday, April 25.

Using examples from the poet’s work and films about Devon, Dr Williams will explore Betjeman’s preoccupation with the environments in which people live and interact.

As well as being a best-selling poet and made poet laureate to the Queen in 1972, Betjeman was in demand as a radio and television broadcaster.

There is free entry for the talk, but advance booking is essential. To reserve a seat call 01395 512192 or visit Sidmouth Library.

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