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Events run in conjunction with the University of Southampton. All welcome.

John Agard

The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing

The Centre for Modern and Contemporary Writing (CMCW) brings together academics, students, writers, and poets with interests in the relations between writing, other art forms, the sciences, law, women's writing, finance, cultural history, postcolonialism, and philosophy. For information on our past and forthcoming events, see our website.


CMRC Lecture Series

Seminars are held on Mondays at 5pm in 65/2115 (Avenue Campus) unless otherwise stated. Wine and other refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact: Dr. Peter Clarke ( or Ms. Gemma Watson(

Click here for full programme.


Chawton Estate

Chawton House

Chawton House is a specialist library and study centre which focuses on women's writing in English from 1600 to 1830. The main collection consists of early, and in many cases, rare editions of works from this period. Novels, poetry and drama are all included, and the collection is particularly strong in novels from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. There is also a diverse collection of factual material of the period, covering subjects such as female conduct and education, cookery, housekeeping and travel.

The library runs a full lecture and events programme which can be found here.

Chawton House Library are also hosting a study day on 9th February 2012 to celebrate Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, published 200 years ago in January 1813. Four scholars of Austen will discuss her best-loved novel, with a variety of talks focusing on Austen's style, on reception and legacy, on her life and times, and on twentieth and twenty-first century adaptations.

For more information please see the website.

Rev James Parkes

The Parkes Institute

The Parkes Institute is a unique centre for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations across the ages. The Institute, through its research, publications, teaching and outreach work, is based on the library and life work of the Christian scholar and activist, the Reverend Dr James Parkes (1896-1981). The library now consists of over 20,000 printed items - books, pamphlets and journals - and is supplemented by one of the largest collections of Jewish archives in Europe, consisting of many hundreds of individual and institutional records, totalling millions of individual items.

Parkes runs lectures, events and a seminar series throughout the year, details of which can be found here.

HMD 2014

Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day 2014

For January 2014, the Parkes Institute in partnership with Solent University is organising a full programme with schools and community groups for the commemoration of Holocaust and Genocide Memorial Day. The commemoration will be held on Monday 27 January at 6.00pm in the Sir James Matthews building, Above Bar Street, Southampton. The evening is open to all. See our event page for more details.

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