Suggested Reading: Summer School 2019

This list contains reading suggestions relevant to the individual sessions at the 2019 ReLit Summer School, as well as to the broader themes and ideas that we’ll be reflecting on throughout the week. None of the reading is compulsory; rather, the list is designed to allow you to follow up your own interests, before, during, and after the Summer School. 

Girl with Dove: A Life Built by Books, Sally Bayley, (William Collins, 2018)

The Reading Cure: How Books Restored my Appetite, Laura Freeman (W&N, 2018)

The Song of the Earth, Jonathan Bate (Picador, 2000)

John Clare: A Biography, Jonathan Bate (Picador, 2003)

Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind, ed. Jonathan Bate, Paula Byrne, Sophie Ratcliffe and Andrew Schuman (William Collins, 2016)

Gold from the Stone: New and Selected Poems, Lemn Sissay (Canongate, 2016)

Something Dark, Lemn Sissay (Oberon Books, 2017)

My Name is Why, Lemn Sissay (Canongate, forthcoming: August 2019)

Charlotte Smith: Major Poetic Works, ed. Claire Knowles and Ingrid Horrocks (Broadview Press, 2017)

The Exclamation Mark and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov, translated by Rosamund Bartlett (Hesperus, 2008)

Touching Distance, Rebecca Abrams (Picador, 2008)

The Playful Self, Rebecca Abrams (Fourth Estate, 1997)

The Jewish Journey: 4000 Years in 22 Objects, Rebecca Abrams (Ashmolean Museum, 2017)

Street Haunting and Other Essays, Virginia Woolf (Vintage Classics, 2014)

Of Walking in Ice, Werner Herzog (Vintage Classics, 2014)

Walking, Erling Kagge (Viking, 2019)

Beneath My Feet, ed. Duncan Minshull (Notting Hill Editions, 2018)

The Winter’s Tale, William Shakespeare

Poems and Prose, Gerard Manley Hopkins, ed. W. H. Gardner (Penguin, 2008)

Falling Awake, Alice Oswald (Jonathan Cape, 2016). Three poems from this collection are also available to enjoy online:

Pearl, Jane Draycott (Carcanet Press, 2018)

The Occupant, Jane Draycott (Carcanet Press, 2016)

Over, Jane Draycott (Oxford Poets, 2009)