New Beckett Research Centre in Reading to Inspire New Works

University of Reading: “Public events, new creative works, and funded fellowships around the work of Samuel Beckett will all be products of a new research centre dedicated to the Irish novelist, story writer, and playwright.

The Beckett Research Centre brings together academics at the University of Reading to promote world-leading research, teaching and creative projects based around the University’s internationally-recognised Beckett Archive.”

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The Hamish Canham (Applied) Prize – Free Prizegiving Presentation and Discussion

The free public event will take place in the 5th floor lecture theatre of The Tavistock Centre, London, on 13 December 2017. This year’s winner is Maryam Ghasemi, a former student of the Tavistock and Portman’s ‘Psychoanalytic Studies’ masters course. Her paper is titled, ‘Rockaby: Eros and Thanatos’, and is a psychoanalytic reading of the short play by Samuel Beckett.

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CFP: Samuel Beckett Working Group 2018

The conference theme of Theatre and Migration is intrinsically linked to questions of mobility and access, as it evokes various performances of borders. As a writer who moved from Ireland to France and wrote in multiple languages, Samuel Beckett’s works manifest the quest for transcending borders linguistically, culturally, artistically, philosophically and politically.

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Samuel Beckett’s Annotated Copy of Waiting for Godot

The British Library: “This edition of Waiting for Godot is annotated by Beckett for the San Quentin Drama Workshop’s 1984 production, which Beckett supervised for ten days. The production was rehearsed at London’s Riverside Studios before opening at the Adelaide Arts Festival in Australia and later touring Europe. Directed by Walter Asmus, it starred Cluchey as Pozzo, Lawrence Held as Estragon, Bud Thorpe as Vladimir, J Pat Miller as Lucky and Louis Beckett Cluchey as A Boy.”

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Sam Shepard’s Final Novel: “Waiting for Godot in the Desert”

“Sam Shepard‘s final work, Spy of the First Person, has been published this week by Knopf. In an early review for USA Today, Jocelyn McClurg describes it as ‘an autobiographical work of fiction’ with a “fragmentary, disjointed narrative”. McClurg goes on to offer a pithy summary suggesting a debt to the Irish writer, Samuel Beckett, calling Shepard’s novel ‘Waiting for Godot in the desert.'”

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Gare St Lazare Ireland to perform extracts from Beckett’s Watt, First Love, and Other Texts at the Abbey Theatre

In exploring the use of music in Samuel Beckett’s work, Gare St Lazare Ireland have created an entirely original performance that defies easy description.  A meditation, a celebration, an interpretation; Here All Night’s absence of linear narrative frees us to go where the words and music bring us and offers another way to access both Beckett’s world and our own.

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