10 June 2011
Tolkien: the Books, the Films, the Phenomenon
A Centenary Lecture by Professor Tom Shippey
Tuesday July 5th at 6pm
To mark 100 years since J.R.R. Tolkien left King Edward\'s School, Tom Shippey, perhaps the world\'s foremost literary critic of Tolkien\'s works, will be giving an illustrated lecture. Following the lecture there will be a drinks reception and an opportunity to view a Tolkien exhibition in the school chapel. See overleaf for details of how to book your place.
To book your place for the lecture, exhibition and drinks reception please either visit www.oldeds.kes.org.uk/tolkien, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sue Dickens on 0121 415 6050. This event is free and the closing date for booking is 24th June 2011.
Professor Shippey is an expert in the same fields of medieval language and literature in which Tolkien worked. He went to the same school as Tolkien in Birmingham, taught the same syllabus at Oxford and succeeded to Tolkien\'s old chair of English Language at Leeds University. In 1993 he moved to a professorship at St Louis in the United States, from where he continued avidly to fight Tolkien\'s cause and to publish on him. Recently he retired back to England. Also an acknowledged expert on the science fiction genre, he has even co-authored alternative early history novels. Once a very keen rugby player himself (again like Tolkien), he now follows the Old Boys\' Rugby Club of their old school, King Edward\'s, with huge interest.
Tom Shippey acted as a consultant for Peter Jackson\'s celebrated films of Tolkien\'s The Lord of the Rings, and has specifically published on these too, so his subject for this centenary lecture celebrating Tolkien\'s time at King Edward\'s School should prove an ideal one.