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What In Me Is Dark:

Three Revolutionary Readers of Paradise Lost

Monday 13th May 2024, from 7pm

As we approach the 350th anniversary of Milton’s death, author and academic Orlando Reade will discuss his forthcoming publication on Paradise Lost as part of this year’s Chalfont St Giles Literary Festival. www.chalfontstgilesliteraryfestival.org.uk

His highly original take focuses on twelve readers of Milton’s epic, whose lives demonstrate the poem’s extraordinary influence on the modern age. For this talk he will focus on three: the American Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson; the Modernist novelist and critic, Virginia Woolf; and the Black nationalist leader, Malcolm X.

Orlando studied English at Cambridge and Princeton, where he received his PhD in 2020. Over a period of five years, he taught in New Jersey prisons, and the initial idea for this book was a class on Paradise Lost that could be taught remotely in prisons during lockdown.  

Orlando has written about culture and politics for publications including Frieze, The Guardian, and The White Review, where he served as a contributing editor.  He is currently assistant professor of English at Northeastern University London. What In Me Is Dark is his first book

All proceeds support Milton’s Cottage. In person tickets cost £20 and include a drink. They can be booked at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-in-me-is-dark-tickets-868313508077?aff=oddtdtcreator students

Online tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-in-me-is-dark-online-talk-by-orlando-reade-tickets-868361993097?aff=oddtdtcreator

John Hegley at Milton’s Cottage

Thursday 16th May 2024, from 7pm

National treasure John Hegley – poet, comedian and musician – performs live at Milton’s Cottage, as part of the Chalfont St Giles Literary Festival.

Brought to you by Paul Waters and Stevyn Colgan, for their award-winning podcast We’d Like A Word, this promises to be a poetic performance not to be missed.

Like a good deed in a naughty world, the scandalously talented, Edinburgh Fringe and BBC Radio 4 favourite will perform for your pleasure and answer your questions at this intimate event.

Drinks (included in your ticket price) will be served from 7pm. The show starts at 7.30pm and will be recorded for later broadcast on We’d Like A Word (available wherever you get your podcasts). 

All proceeds support Milton’s Cottage and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poet-john-hegley-live-at-miltons-cottage-chalfont-st-giles-tickets-803161306087?aff=ebdssbehomepeforyou