Catherine Robson, Professor of English at New York University, whose acclaimed historical study, Heart Beats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem, examines recitation in British and American elementary education in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the vital connections that were once forged between memorised poems, individuals and their communities.
Iain McGilchrist, psychiatrist, philosopher and literary scholar: his ground-breaking book The Master and his Emissaryargues that the divided structure of the brain affects all our relations with the world, ourselves and our bodies, and has profound implications for our understanding of language, music and poetry.
POETRY, MEMORY AND PERFORMANCE CONFERENCE
This interdisciplinary conference in 2015 brought together researchers, educationalists, poets and performers with an interest in this area. Our aim was to open dialogue about the place of memorisation and recitation both within and outside formal education, and to think together about a number of vital questions, such as: