Issue date: 14 March 2003

ISSUE DATE: 14/03/03

The Alternative Series of public seminars organised by the Centre for Critical Theory at the University of the West of England begins its third season at the Watershed Media Centre on Tuesday 25 March.

Centre Director, Dr Anthony Elliott said, “We are proud to present two very well known speakers, Tom Paulin and John Gray. The series has been a tremendous success over the past three years bringing some of the best known and most widely celebrated writers and critical theorists to the centre of Bristol. The Watershed has proved to be an excellent venue for these events and we expect the usual sell out so don’t hesitate – book your tickets now.”

Tom Paulin – Tuesday 25 March
The Jaw-Bone of an Ass Descried: Bunyan and English Liberty

Tom Paulin is a poet, critic, playwright and regular guest of BBC2’s ‘The Late Show’ who has produced a steady stream of published work which has won critical acclaim and prestigious prizes. He is the GM Young Lecturer in English at Hertford College, Oxford University. His most recent book is The Invasion Handbook (2002). His poetry has won significant critical acclaim. In 1976 he won an Eric Gregory Major award and his first collection of poetry, A State of Justice, was a Poetry Book Society Choice and winner of a Somerset Maugham award in 1977. His second collection, The Strange Museum won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize.

John Gray – Monday 26 May
The Myth of Modernity

John Gray is Professor of Human Thought at the London School of Economics. His most recent books include ‘False Dawn: The Delusions of Global Capitalism (2002), and ‘Straw Dogs (2002). One review by J G Ballard of his latest book ‘Straw Dogs’ says, “This powerful and brilliant book is an essential guide to the new Millennium. Straw Dogs challenges all our assumptions about what it is to be human, and convincingly shows that most of them are delusions. Who we are and why we are here? John Gray’s answers will shock most of us deeply. This is the most exhilarating book I have read since Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene.”

Tickets are available from the Watershed Media Centre Box Office on 0117 925 3845. Tickets are priced at £6.00 (concession rate £4.50) per public lecture.


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