Exeter Literary Festival: Decoding the Exeter Riddles

Friday 16th November 2018 at 14:30

A rare chance to hear a panel of authors delve into the mysteries and meanings of the 1000-year-old Riddles that are preserved in Exeter Cathedral’s Exeter Book of Anglo-Saxon poetry.

The Exeter Book was added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2016 and will be a star item this autumn in the British Library’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition, so now is just the moment to take a look at this unique collection of over ninety riddles. What do they tell us about life, society and the natural world one thousand years ago? How come they have survived over the centuries in the Cathedral’s safe keeping? And what do they say to poets today?

The panel of speakers will be made up of:
Ann Barwood (University of Exeter), Canon Librarian, Exeter Cathedral.
Megan Cavell (University of Birmingham) author, Weaving Words and Binding Bodies:
The Poetics of Human Experience in Old English Literature
Jennifer Neville (Royal Holloway, University of London).
author, Representations of the Natural World in Old English Poetry 
John Wedgwood Clarke (University of Exeter) poet, Landfill.

Ticket information

£5 adults, available from 01392 285983 (Monday to Friday) or book online.

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