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Beer and Beowulf: Fantastic poetry

  • Wednesday 13 June 2018, 8.00PM to 9.00pm
  • Free admission
    No booking required
  • Duke of York, King’s Square (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

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 in the beorsele or beer-hall of the Duke of York pub, for our annual evening of Anglo-Saxon beer and poetry.

A retinue of reciters, led by Matthew Townend of the University of York, will perform a selection of Anglo-Saxon and Norse poetry, both in translation and in the original. There’ll also be an opportunity to try some Eoforwic Ale, a beer brewed specially for York Festival of Ideas by the Leeds Brewery.

In keeping with the Festival’s theme, this year we will be exploring a range of poetry on the subject of the strange and fantastic.

About the speaker

Dr Matthew Townend is a Reader in the Department of English and Related Literature, and Centre for Medieval Studies, at the University of York.

Eoforwic Ale

Using an authentic Anglo-Saxon recipe, Leeds Brewery prepares a special beer – Eoforwic Ale – for York Festival of Ideas. It will be on sale throughout the Festival at the Duke of York pub on King’s Square, including at the Beer and Beowulf event.

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