TS Eliot & WWI: A New Take on the Drowned Phoenician Sailor

We are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for this Journeys with “The Waste Land” event as part of the Warwick Words History Festival 2018 in association with the University of Warwick.

Susannah Heffernan headshot

TS Eliot and World War One:
A New Take on the Drowned Phoenician Sailor
Susannah Heffernan
2 October 2018 11am
The Great Hall Lord Leycester Hospital Warwick CV34 4BH

Tickets £7 to include refreshments

“The Waste Land” by TS Eliot is widely seen as Eliot’s response to the devastations of the First World War.  Susannah Heffernan is a writer of literary speculative fiction, and takes inspiration from Eliot’s characters, Madame Sosostris and the Phoenician Sailor, and tells the little known history of American soldiers in Europe during the Great War. Her stories pose questions of identity, alienation and the telling of unheard histories.  This is an underworld ghost story influenced by TS Eliot, Dante, and the history of East London.  Susannah will read from her novel, a new work-in-progress, and there will be a Q&A session chaired by Professor Mike Tooby.

Susannah is completing a PhD in Creative Writing, she is an associate lecturer at the University of Warwick and has sixteen years’ experience as a teacher across a range of UK schools.  Her publishing credits include Open Pen magazine and the forthcoming anthology The Singularity 50. Susannah has performed her work at London’s Southbank Centre, at QueerCircle, Limewharf, and at the Albany Theatre.  She is guest editor for Monash University’s Colloquy literary journal on utopias and dystopias and presented at the recent international conference on the same theme.


Lord Leycester Hospital

Tickets £7 available online:  www.warwickwords.co.uk

Tel: 01926 33 44 18

In person:

Warwick Visitor Information Centre, Jury Street, Warwick CV34 4EW

Leamington Visitor Information Centre, Royal Pump Rooms, The Parade, Leamington Spa CV32 4AA.

Inspired by Journeys with “The Waste Land”, an exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, 15 September – 18 November 2018.

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