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Milton 400

Dear Current UCL Student,
The UCL Department of English Language and Literature takes pleasure in inviting you to a half-day event to celebrate the 400th anniversary of John Milton’s birth (the first in a series of three events in 2008-2009 entitled ‘Literature Seen, Heard and Spoken’). It will take place on Friday the 5th December 2008, and will feature live music, panels of internationally-renowned experts on Milton, an exhibition by UCL special collections and a drinks reception. Supported generously by UCL Futures, the Arts and Humanities Faculty and the English Department, the event will commemorate the birth of one of the greatest poets of all time in suitably grand style.
A timetable of events follows below. Attendance is free, however booking is mandatory; a booking form is available on page two of this letter. Further details of the event, including directions to all venues, notes on contributors and useful links are available on our website, at
Timetable: Milton 400, Friday 5th December
4-5.30pm First Panel Session – Milton and Education
                Speakers: Anna Beer, Sharon Achinstein, Karen Edwards
                Convenor: Paul Davis
Location: A. V. Hill Lecture Theatre
    Milton and Art: a workshop with the Slade
A masterclass workshop run by Sharon Morris of the UCL’s Slade School of Fine Art, for local sixth-form students.
Location: South Wing Council Room
5.30-6.30pm    Break
                Coffee and tea
                UCL Special Collections exhibition including a first edition of Paradise Lost
Location: Jeremy Bentham Room
6.30-8pm Second Panel Session – Milton and Influence
                Speakers: Mark Ford, Rosemary Ashton, Philip Horne
                Convenor: John Mullan
Location: Cruciform LT1
8pm         Live music
                A specially-commissioned adaptation of ‘On May Morning’
                Accompanied by:
Drinks and finger buffet reception
                Location: Jeremy Bentham Room