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Beer and Beowulf: An Evening of Anglo-Saxon Poetry
Matthew Townend, Department of English and Related Literature and Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York

  • Thursday 19 June 2014, 8.30PM to 10.30pm
  • Free admission
    No booking required
  • Duke of York, King’s Square (map)

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Beer and poetry often went together in Anglo-Saxon England, and the hall was celebrated as the place of community and creativity. Come and join us, then, in the beorsele or beer-hall of the Duke of York pub, for an evening of Anglo-Saxon poetry and Anglo-Saxon ale. A retinue of reciters, led by Dr Matthew Townend (University of York), will perform a selection of Anglo-Saxon poetry, both in translation and in the original, while refreshment will be available in the form of ‘Eoforwic Ale’, a beer brewed specially for the 2014 Festival of Ideas by the Leeds Brewery.

Eoforwic Ale

Using an authentic Anglo-Saxon recipe, Leeds Brewery is brewing some beer – Eoforwic Ale – for York Festival of Ideas. The beer will be brewed with ingredients including bog myrtle, elderflower, honey, wormwood and elecampane. It will be on sale throughout the Festival at the Duke of York pub on King’s Square, York, and will also be available at the ‘Beer and Beowulf’ evening of Anglo-Saxon poetry taking place in the pub on Thurs 19 June.



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